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The Speaker of Par­lia­ment Rt. Hon. Rabecca Kadaga chaired the ses­sion which be­gan with Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment rais­ing mat­ters of Na­tional Im­por­tance. Gulu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Hon. Lyan­dro Ko­makech in­formed the House of Gulu Sec­ondary School which hosts over 3100 stu­dents but has got ¾ of its land con­fis­cated by an In­vestor. The Speaker di­rected the Min­istry of Lands to look into the is­sue.

Hon. Alex Ruhunda rose on a mat­ter of Na­tional Im­por­tance re­gard­ing the Ton­deka Bus Pro­ject which had been given out to an In­dian com­pany yet the pres­i­dent launched a car as­sem­bling plant in Na­manve last year. He said this vi­o­lates the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Pol­icy.

Bunya East MP Hon. Waira Ma­jegere raised con­cerns about the men­ace that sugar cane trucks have be­come on Ugan­dan roads most es­pe­cially Jinja High way. He said that not only are they in dan­ger­ous con­di­tions and un-road wor­thy, but they have turned to be the biggest cause of ac­ci­dents which are claim­ing a lot of lives. The Min­is­ter of State for In­ter­nal Af­fairs Hon. Mario Obiga Ka­nia in re­sponse in­formed the House that the Min­istry would form a multi stake­holder com­mit­tee to look into the is­sue and get trucks and ve­hi­cles that are not road wor­thy off the road.

Hon. David Ba­hati lay pre­sented a pro­posal to bor­row up to 108.5 Mil­lion Eu­ros from the Com­mer­cial and Im­pe­r­ial Bank of China to fi­nance the con­struc­tion of the oil roads. This pro­posal was re­jected by the Speaker of Par­lia­ment say­ing “the Jinja Ex­press high­way is the route to the heart of Uganda and there­fore, other roads are just trib­u­taries”. She di­rected that be­fore the Jinja Ex­press High­way is com­plete, such loans would not be en­ter­tained.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Ju­di­ciary Bill was de­bated clause by clause, with clause on the cre­ation of Sec­re­tary to Ju­di­ciary be­ing the most con­tentious. Af­ter a huge de­bate, the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary to Ju­di­ciary was left in the Bill.