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The Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Re­becca Kadaga, Chaired the sit­ting on 30th Sep­tem­ber 2020. Dur­ing the sit­ting, Hon. Ababiku raised a mat­ter of na­tional con­cern about the loom­ing famine in Ad­ju­mani Dis­trict and other parts of Uganda fol­low­ing the ef­fects of floods. She asked Gov­ern­ment to dis­trib­ute seeds for the sec­ond sea­son, and the Speaker di­rected the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture to ad­dress the mat­ter.

Hon. Okori Moe Janet raised a con­cern about the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health sit­u­a­tion in Abim dis­trict. She said that the Gov­ern­ment did not ful­fil its pledge of sup­ply­ing the masks to Abim and that the dis­trict hos­pi­tal had no am­bu­lance to trans­port the pa­tients.

Hon. Gilbert Olanya, also raised con­cern over the fail­ure by the Uganda Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to pay Parish and Sub – Coun­try su­per­vi­sors since April 2020 and its fail­ure to award con­tracts to the Su­per­vi­sors. The Speaker di­rected the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice to ad­dress the mat­ter.

Hon. Ma­cho Ge­of­frey ex­pressed his dis­gruntle­ment over the con­tin­ued ab­sence of Min­is­ters and Com­mit­tee Chair­per­sons dur­ing ple­nary sit­tings. He said that the prac­tice hin­ders the de­liv­ery of ser­vice to Ugan­dans when they do not re­spond to the na­tional con­cerns. On the same mat­ter, Hon. Nsereko Muham­mad won­dered why the elec­torate con­tin­ued to vote for the Min­is­ters who hardly at­tend ple­nary sit­tings. He said that it was im­proper to vote for lead­ers who do not ex­e­cute their man­date.  He urged the Speaker to in­voke the rules of pro­ce­dure and han­dle the mat­ter.

Dur­ing the sit­ting, Par­lia­ment unan­i­mously adopted the re­port of the Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­ural Re­sources on the es­tab­lish­ment of a Hy­dropower dam at Uhuru Falls in the Murchi­son falls Na­tional Park. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, mem­bers re­jected the pro­posal to con­struct a hy­dropower dam at Uhuru Falls in Murchi­son Falls.

Ka­fu­uzi Jack­son Karu­gaba (Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral) pre­sented a state­ment on the clo­sure of Gen­der-Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) shel­ters in Ka­muli and Na­mu­tumba dis­tricts af­ter with­draw­ing of fund­ing by the donors. The Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral in­formed Par­lia­ment that the Min­istry of Gen­der was de­vel­op­ing a pro­posal for pre­sent­ing to the Min­istry of Fi­nance to al­lo­cate funds to fa­cil­i­tate the func­tion­al­ity of Gen­der-Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) shel­ters in Uganda. The Leader of Op­po­si­tion, Aol Betty, in re­sponse said that Gov­ern­ment should al­ways al­lo­cate re­sources for sup­port­ing the gen­der-based vi­o­lence (GBV) shel­ters rather than re­ly­ing on the donor sup­port.

Hon. Keefa Ki­wanuka pre­sented a re­port of the Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­ural Re­sources on the pe­ti­tion by the Uganda As­so­ci­a­tion of Ar­ti­sanal and Small-Scale Min­ers over un­law­ful evic­tion, ex­ploita­tion, abuse, ne­glect and mis­treat­ment. From the re­port, the Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the Gov­ern­ment should rec­og­nize the Ar­ti­sanal and Small-Scale Min­ers and for­mal­ize their work by es­tab­lish­ing a law that gov­erns their ac­tiv­i­ties.