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The Deputy Speaker, Anita Among has raised concern over delays by Committees in Parliament to process business referred to them as required by the law.

Among directed the committee chairpersons to have all the pending Bills that were referred to their respective committees presented to the House by 10th February 2022.

She noted that most of the Bills that were sent back to the committees have not been brought back to the House. She said that of the nine Bills referred to the committees, only two are still within 45 days and seven have expired.

The pending bills before the committees include the Markets Bill, 2021; Mineral and Mining Bill, 2021; Succession (Amendment) Bill, 2021; Supplementary Appropriation Bill No. 2, 2021 and Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.3. The others are the Physical Planners Registration Bill, 2021 and Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2021.

Rule 129 (2) of Rules of Procedure requires committees to report back on Bills referred to them within 45 days. The Rules of Procedure also allow the Committee chairpersons to ask for an extension if they fail to meet the legal timeframe.

Kalungu West County MP, Joseph Ssewungu asked Among to task the Committee Chairpersons to explain the delays. He noted that the delay by Committee to process Bills renders Parliament incompetent.

Buvuma Island County MP, Robert Migadde attributed the delays by Committees to process the business referred to them to lack of resources. He said that Committee currently lack sufficient resources for its work.

In response Among disagreed with the view of lack of resources to delays in Business before committees. She said that Parliament provides adequate funds.

Kole North County MP, Samuel Opio emphasized the need for committees to report back to the August House Business before including actions and reports.

The Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Chris Baryomunsi said that there was no room for negotiating the delay in processing Bills and all other business before the committees.

Baryomunsi promised to meet the committee chairpersons who belong to the ruling party over the issues raised.