News & Up­dates:

The ple­nary sit­ting of 8th July 2020 started with a hot de­bate af­ter the Leader of Op­po­si­tion, Hon. Aol Betty Ochan raised a mat­ter about the con­tro­ver­sial death of Em­manuel Tegu. Mr Tugu was a for­mer stu­dent at Mak­erere Uni­ver­sity who died on 3rd July af­ter be­ing ag­gres­sively as­saulted. The Op­po­si­tion leader said that some me­dia re­ports in­di­cated that Tegu was at­tacked by the Lo­cal De­fence Unit (LDU) as they were en­forc­ing the cur­few di­rec­tives, al­though the Po­lice de­nied these al­le­ga­tions.  She ex­pressed her dis­con­tent­ment with the bru­tal­ity of the se­cu­rity agen­cies not­ing that it has caused the loss of many lives—be­sides, Hon. Ann Adeke said that the re­ports pre­sented by the Po­lice about the death of Em­manuel Tegu were in­con­sis­tent. Speaker Re­becca Kadaga, who presided over the sit­ting, in­structed the Min­is­ter of In­ter­nal Af­fairs to give a com­pre­hen­sive re­port about the ac­tions of LDUs and en­sure that jus­tice pre­vails.

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment asked the Gov­ern­ment to re-open places of wor­ship. Hon. Mon­ica Amod­ing, the Woman MP for Kumi, raised a mat­ter of na­tional con­cern say­ing that churches play a fun­da­men­tal role in nur­tur­ing the so­ci­ety and peo­ple in terms of spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment. Mi­tooma Woman MP Jo­vah Ka­ma­teeka added that the places of wor­ship have been re-opened in other coun­tries and they op­er­ate fol­low­ing the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures to pre­vent the spread of COVID-19. The Speaker asked the 1st Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Gen. Moses Ali to take the mat­ter to Cab­i­net and re­port back to the House.

The Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Hon. Ma­tia Ka­saija in­formed the House that the funds for emer­gency re­pairs were re­leased. He said that ap­prox­i­mately UShs.80.308bn was dis­bursed as fol­lows: UShs 58.604bn to UNRA, UShs 10bn to KCCA and the bal­ance of 11.704bn to the Dis­trict, Ur­ban and Rural Ac­cess roads through Uganda Road Fund. The Min­is­ter’s’ state­ment was pro­vid­ing an­swers to an ur­gent ques­tion raised by Hon. Mutebi David (MP, Buikwe South) on 30th June 2020 about the Gov­ern­men­t’s fail­ure to de­vote re­sources to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of roads that were dam­aged by the heavy rains and other nat­ural dis­as­ters in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

The Woman MP for Butebo Dis­trict, Agnes Amedde, pre­sented a re­port of the Se­lect Com­mit­tee on the evic­tions and dis­place­ment of the peo­ple of Apaa Com­mu­nity. Among other things, the re­port in­di­cated that the con­flicts over land af­fected in Apaa mainly af­fected the Acholi and the Madi and that the con­flict has per­sisted for a long time. The 1st Deputy Prime Min­is­ter raised to pre­sent the Gov­ern­men­t’s po­si­tion on this mat­ter. How­ever, the Speaker stopped him from giv­ing the Gov­ern­men­t’s po­si­tion on the same cit­ing that he had a con­flict of in­ter­est in the mat­ter. The Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer di­rected the 2nd Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Kirunda Kive­jinja, to han­dle the is­sue. The de­bate on the Se­lect Com­mit­tee’s re­port will re­sume in the sit­ting of next week.

House moved to con­sider the Na­tional Cof­fee Bill, 2018 at the 2nd read­ing. Dur­ing the de­bate Hon. Baseke Fred pro­posed that an Auc­tion­ing Sys­tem should be in­tro­duced in the cof­fee busi­ness to cre­ate more mar­ket for cof­fee and pro­vide fair prices. Also, mem­bers rec­om­mended that the law should en­sure that women work­ing in the cof­fee sec­tor have bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions and have ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the Board. Hon. Timuzigu Michael pro­posed that the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture should carry out soil test­ing across the coun­try to es­tab­lish ar­eas suit­able for grow­ing cof­fee and other crops such as tea and sug­ar­cane. The Speaker asked the Mem­bers to draft their pro­pos­als to the bill for con­sid­er­a­tion at the Bil­l’s Com­mit­tee stage.