In his report, Bamugemereire said that one of the constraints and challenges facing the IG is the non-implementation of their recommendations by government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Governments.
The institute will operate as an agency of the government under the supervision and control of the Parliamentary Commission. It is expected to, among others, conduct training of Members of Parliament and Staff, in Uganda and elsewhere in the world, as well as training for local government officials.
According to Bunyole West Member of Parliament James Waluswaka Oulanyah is very strict on time and challenges the MPs so much, while Kadaga is accommodative, even for those who are less informed, comical, spontaneous and somewhat ill-prepared for debates.
Indeed one of the presidential candidates who is also a Member of this House had his freedom of movement curtailed by Security from the evening of 14th January 2021 until a Court Order was issued on Monday 25th January withdrawing the security personnel from his residence,” said Kadaga.
Since the previous chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission Medi Kaggwa passed away in November last year, no replacement has been appointed, even as the Speaker of Parliament has reminded the president several times
Kadaga polled 6,776 votes against Namuganza’s 3,882 votes to retain her seat. In the aftermath of her victory, Kadaga praised NRM voters for enduring intimidation from state agencies to vote for her, adding that she was particularly proud of the ministers and members of parliament who stood by her amidst threats by Ruth Nankabirwa.
During the inauguration of Soroti City on Monday, Bob Owiny, the Deputy Council Speaker for Soroti District chaired a special council meeting to extend gratitude to Kadaga and the government for considering the operationalization of Soroti City. Owiny also used the opportunity to lobby for support to Kadaga’s candidature in recognition of her effort in steering deliberations in Parliament.
In the Speaker’s communication to Parliament on Tuesday, Kadaga tasked the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo about the Act saying that if Parliament does not hear from the Head of State in the next few days about the matter, the House will go ahead to pronounce it as Law.
On Friday, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah, Leader of Opposition, Betty Aol Ocan and other Parliamentary Commissioners toured the site only to find that the contractor has only completed three and half of the 9 levels.
MPs from the Busoga caucus reportedly started collecting signatures to impeach Oulanyah last week, a move that Oulanyah loyalists are suspicious could be coming from Kadaga’s camp. According to media reports some MPs have already signed the petition in a discreet move.
The MPs argued that it was morally wrong for them to receive the money at the time when the country is faced with a crisis. But in her communication to Members of Parliament this Afternoon, Kadaga said that any returned funds will be sent to the District Task Forces, in areas where the MPs come from.
The parliamentary commission received an allocation of 10 billion Shillings as part of a supplementary budget to facilitate activities to control the spread of coronavirus disease. From this allocation, each of the legislators received 20 million Shillings, raising controversy on the exact role that the MPs were going to play when the country is on lockdown.
Kadaga says that by the time her office received the Court order, the money had already been received by the Parliamentary Commission and disbursed to individual MPs. She asked the Attorney General to offer guidance on how the Court Order which she described as confusing can be implemented.
Speaking during plenary on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga noted that she had observed Okundinia and recommend her for a Labour Day award. She tasked the Presidency Minister to take up the matter, saying the nurse should be awarded instead of being intimidated.