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.