The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga observed that that the application of torture contravenes article 24 of the Constitution which outlaws all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a form of punishment. Kadaga noted that the acts depict total disregard of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act by the police force.
Committee members questioned the appointment saying it could contravene provisions of the law to have a serving army officer in cabinet. Similar queries were raised four years ago prior to the approval of former Army Commander Gen Aronda Nyakairima deceased who had been appointed Internal Affairs Minister in 2013.
The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga informed parliament that government has given out similar rewards before citing Ugandans who excelled in different fields including but not limited to the thirty public officers who were part of the team that discovered oil in Uganda in 2006.
Addressing journalists during the closure of parliament for the Christmas break this afternoon, Kadaga observed that effective work in parliament started in August, saying June and July were used for induction, sensitization and orientation of new legislators.
In her communication to parliament, Kadaga gave an example of a number of teams sent out by government to talk to people about climate change in different constituencies without the knowledge of area MPs. She demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister.
As journalists who cover parliament, we subscribe to the journalists creed and the journalists code of ethics. We are not paid to publish stories and we challenge any MP who has ever paid for a story to come forward. We strongly oppose the plan to have journalists swear oaths and we actually describe it as laughable.
Kadaga was overwhelmingly endorsed by the legislators following her nomination by Raphael Magyezi, Igara West MP. She was seconded by Dokolo Woman MP and outgoing opposition chief whip, Cecilia Atim Ogwal in a session presided over by the Acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma at the conference hall of parliament.
IPUs Women in Parliament 2015: the Year in Review released this evening ahead of International Womens Day on 8 March, shows that for the second year in a row, the number of women Members of Parliament MPs across the world rose by a worryingly low 0.5 percentage point. Women now account for 22.6 per cent of the worlds MPs.
Kibirige reportedly dismissed the letter from UPPA, which she described as a lobby group saying her directive to editors to withdraw journalists who have covered the house for over 5 years still stands.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that the House will decide who between him and Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will chair next year's debate on electoral reforms after Opposition questioned his impartiality.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament receive benefits of a retired speaker and deputy speaker respectively despite receiving full entitlements in their new capacities, a highly placed source in parliament has intimated to URN. City Lawyer Caleb Alaka calls this corruption at its peak adding that it is exploitation of tax payers. According to Alaka, much as the law is silent, it is illegal for one person to draw two salaries or benefits from the same fund.
Kadaga noted that when she took oath after Members of Parliament voted her into the position, she promised to be a be a Speaker for everyone and that the government should understand that she represents all members of the House.
Mafabi said that several Members of Parliament had earlier met with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to stay the bill but that Oulanyah hijacked the process. This resulted in the confusion of two order papers circulating in the House during debate and passing of the bill.