Ple­nary this week was presided over by the Deputy Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Rt. Hon. Ja­cob Oulanyah. He re­it­er­ated to the mem­bers that the state­ments made on the floor of Par­lia­ment are broad­casted and mon­i­tored, and there­fore, should be based on facts. He said this in ref­er­ence to the is­sue that was raised by Hon. Akamba Paul al­leg­ing that Hon. Jeje Odong had abused his Of­fice which he said was not true. It was in the sit­ting of 3rd Sep­tem­ber when the Min­is­ter of In­ter­nal Af­fairs, Jeje Odong, pre­sented a state­ment in re­sponse to the mat­ter raised by Hon. Akamba Paul on the al­leged abuse of of­fice that he caused the ar­rest of a Turk­ish Na­tional, Mr. Aziz Du­man. The Min­is­ter stated that he has never been in­volved. He asked that the ac­cu­sa­tions be ex­punged from the Hansard.

Hon. Ce­cilia Og­wal pro­posed that Gov­ern­ment should pro­vide free san­i­tary pads for girls in schools. “The Pres­i­dent of Kenya re­cently okayed the pro­vi­sion of free san­i­tary tow­els to girls in schools, ask­ing: why can’t the Pres­i­dent of Uganda do the same?”

Hon. Mb­wa­tekamwa Gaffa showed con­cern that there are some en­ergy drinks which are on the mar­ket yet not cer­ti­fied. He asked that the Min­istry of Trade ban all the drinks which are not cer­ti­fied by Uganda Na­tional Bu­reau of stan­dards (UNBS) be­cause they put the health of the pub­lic in dan­ger.

On the 4th Sep­tem­ber, Hon. Nuwagaba Wil­fred moved a mo­tion seek­ing leave of Par­lia­ment to in­tro­duce the bill en­ti­tled ‘the Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment Bill 2019’. How­ever, Ma­tia Ka­saija, the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance had pro­posed that the mo­tion be de­bated the fol­low­ing week when the At­tor­ney Gen­eral was ex­pected to be pre­sent. This was re­jected by the ma­jor­ity of the Mem­bers who main­tained that leave be granted to the Pri­vate Mem­ber. The mo­tion was sec­onded by Hon. Aol Betty Ocan, the Leader of Op­po­si­tion and Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi. Af­ter the de­bate, House granted Hon. Nuwagaba leave to in­tro­duce the bill. The Speaker asked rel­e­vant Min­istries and de­part­ments to sup­port the Pri­vate Mem­ber in draft­ing the bill.

On the 5th Sep­tem­ber, Rt. Hon. Oulanyah showed con­cern about the #Xeno­pho­bi­cAt­tacks tak­ing place in South Africa. He said that this should not be hap­pen­ing in Africa, and called upon African lead­ers to en­sure that this re­solved. In re­la­tion to this mat­ter, Hon. Og­wal Ce­cilia asked Gov­ern­ment to en­sure that the cit­i­zens that Ugan­dans in South Africa are safe. In ad­di­tion, Hon. Sse­mu­jju Nganda said that Gov­ern­ment should in­form the pub­lic about the num­ber of Ugan­dans who are cur­rently in SouthAfrica.

On the state of se­cu­rity in Uganda, Hon. Jeje Odong, the Min­is­ter of In­ter­nal Af­fairs in­formed Par­lia­ment that over 68% of the guns held by both Gov­ern­ment and Pri­vate Se­cu­rity Agen­cies had been fin­ger-printed and that the process is on­go­ing.

The Bud­get Com­mit­tee was asked to go ahead to process the Sup­ple­men­tary Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill, 2019. This came af­ter Hon. Opolot Isi­agi Patrick, the Com­mit­tee chair­per­son had re­ported that they could not process the bill be­cause it was in­tro­duced af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of 1 year pe­riod from the Fi­nan­cial Year in ques­tion which breached the Con­sti­tu­tion. The is­sues of le­gal­ity were cleared by Par­lia­ment af­ter the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Hon. Ma­tia Ka­saija, gave an ex­pla­na­tion as to why the bill seek­ing for an ap­pro­pri­a­tion of 1.7 tril­lion spent in the FY 2017/​18 was not in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment. The Min­is­ter ac­cepted the anom­alies not­ing that the Min­istry was en­gaged in a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties and as a re­sult, the bill was over­taken by events. He promised that it won’t hap­pen again. The Com­mit­tee is ex­pected to con­sider the bill and re­port back to Par­lia­ment next week.