Committee Chairperson Betty Nambooze says she is unwell due to the pain inflicted on her life by the President’s soldiers during the 2017 fracas in Parliament when a section of Opposition MPs were ejected from the Chambers as they protested the removal of the Presidential age limit. As such, she says another member can lead the committee for the session should the need to meet President Museveni ever arise.
The Public Accounts Committee is appointed by Parliament to examine the accounts of different Ministries, Missions Abroad, and other entities in the Central Government, showing the appropriation of funds for public expenditure and how they were spent.
“We appeal to all believers participating in this animal sacrifice to do it with a purpose of beseeching God to save us, have mercy on us, and continue blocking all paths and voices targeting our properties, especially ownership of land in a move to undermine and create hatred for Buganda in various ways” Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
Rumours and myths surrounding Covid-19 vaccines have thrown some Ugandans into an abyss of fear and mistrust yet studies have shown that current vaccines appear to be effective enough to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 Focal Point Person at the hospital told the MPs that the health workers are demoralized by the deductions on their allowances. Etolu also said that the frontline workers delay receiving the allowances.
The MPs, who are on the nationwide tour to assess covid-19 management capacities in health facilities and local governments, noted that the response teams are finding difficulties to effectively operate with conditioned financial releases.
The oxygen plant in the hospital produces only five cylinders of oxygen in two hours, a rate that falls far below the 150 cylinders a day required for the current number of patients at the COVID-19 Treatment Unit. Currently, the unit is managing 74 patients with 45 severe cases on oxygen support, while 98 others are in home-based care.
The Committee chaired by Deputy Speaker, Anita Among held a closed door meeting on Thursday to draft the legislative of Parliament for the first session. The first session is scheduled to end in May 2022.
Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament presented the award to Kadaga on Thursday on behalf of the House administration. Kibirige said that the award to former Speaker was a sign of appreciation for her service in the past year as an MP and also for heading the Institution as Speaker for the last ten years.
According to the hospital management, NFA has asked the district leadership to identify an alternative to swap with the one hosting the facility. The hospital management has since closed the theater, stores and old mortuary because many of the buildings are sinking.
It comes at a time when the country is battling a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 2,164 lives within Uganda out of the 88, 194 confirmed cases, a majority of which occurred in a duration of 3-months of the resurgence that started in April 2021.
Parliament had today convened to specifically receive a report on the status of the government’s interventions against the COVID-19 pandemic. But, neither the Prime Minister nor her Deputies were present at the beginning of the sitting, sparking complaints and protests from legislators.
The Shadow Cabinet is responsible for scrutinizing policies, actions of the government and also offers alternative proposals. It is composed of the majority MPs from the opposition main party in parliament, the National Unity Platform – NUP.
On Tuesday, Ssemujju moved a motion to suspend rule 69 of the Parliament Rules of procedure, which requires the Committee of Rules, Privileges, and Discipline to consider any proposed amendment of the set rules and report to Parliament.
Standing committees last two and half years and they are set up at the start of a new term of Parliament and again after two and half years while Sectoral Committees are departmentally related committees and their composition is determined at the start of each new session and these last one session.
Nakalawa says in times like now, everyone or those that have lost their loved ones need to be prepared for the grieving process. According to Nakalawa, failure to grieve can lead to mental illness including depression.