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The Government has presented six bills to Parliament, including the National Social Security Fund Bill 2021 that had been passed but suffered a setback.

Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has now given an ultimatum of 10 days to the committee on Gender, Labor and Social development to process the long-awaited NSSF Bill that among others seeks to grant savers up to at least 20% in midterm access.

He guided that the NSSF (Amendment) Bill was not new and because, there had been discussions in the public on the bill in the 10th Parliament but the President had raised concerns on four clauses, they have to be looked at expeditiously for reconsideration.

He advised that the committee should only handle the four clauses that the President had issues with because of the bill’s urgency.

The State Minister for the Elderly, Dominic Gidudu Mafabi on September 29, 2021, during the plenary, reintroduced the bill on behalf of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Oulanyah on September 21, 2021, informed the House that President Museveni had in a letter dated August 26, 2021, to the Speaker of Parliament highlighted several reasons why he had returned the Act, which had been passed by the 10th Parliament, for reconsideration.

In the proposals for amendment of the Act, Museveni Okayed the midterm access of 20% to the funds, by members aged 45 years and saved for 10 years.

The President, however, called for the deletion of clauses 24 A, 3 and 4 as allowing a member with a disability who ceases to be employed for a period not less than one, to withdraw 75 % of their benefits, saying this will put the savers at great risk of poverty in old age.

Oulanyah said that since the Bill is not entirely new and the 10th Parliament had largely considered the Bill. He directed that the gender committee should now expeditiously use 10 days to look at the President’s concerns so that they can be brought back to the house for consideration.

The Minister for Lands, Judith Nabakooba also tabled the landlord and tenant bill. The Bill is supposed to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants. It was passed by Parliament in June 2019 with several amendments which relate to duties and rights of landlords and tenants in rented commercial and residential premises.

The bill proposes that the landlords and tenants must sign tenancy agreements for rental transactions of over 500,000 Shillings with clear terms and conditions. It also proposes that tenancy disputes shall be handled in Local Council courts and other courts of law. It also states that the landlords can only evict tenants after securing court orders to do so.

Other Bills reintroduced include the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2021, Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.2, 2021, and the Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.3, 2021.