While addressing journalists under Uganda Parliamentary Press Association-UPPA this morning, the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, said government intends to amend the Anti-terrorism Act to include the definition of terrorism accepted globally.
The committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises COSASE helped the government to recover 32 billion Shillings from four Chinese companies that were irregularly profiteering from the money. The money was part of the 47.7 billion Shillings that Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA had advanced to the companies to compensate people affected by road construction projects.
The buildings that have been fronted include Queen Chambers, which previously housed the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs along parliamentary Avenue while the other two are newly constructed buildings on Portal Avenue and Lumumba Avenue respectively.
The trio including Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni, Internal Affairs State Minister, Obiga Kania and their Security counterpart, Henry Tumukunde were lined up on the order paper to present statements to parliament from issues in their dockets.
Major Gen Onesmus Pecos Kuteesa raised concern about the current sitting arrangement during the day orientation exercise of newly elected legislators. According to Kuteesa, the current sitting arrangement, which places them on the government side, puts them in a fix.
Dickson Ogwangokul, Ugandas Deputy Ambassador in Washington DC told URN that they spent Shillings 3 million on transporting Okellos supporters from Kole to Kampala. Safina Nabatanzi, a supporter of Cissy Dionizia Namujju, the Lwengo Woman MP, said the legislator hired taxis for her supporters in each of the sub counties in the district.
In an attempt to add color to their first act as legislators, some members came with troupes dressed in traditional attire, who danced and ululated as they led or followed their MPs up the stairs to the podium set at the entrance to the Main Building.
UPDF elected ten representatives to the Tenth Parliament. The legislators sworn in today include Chief of Defence Forces CDF Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, Col. Felix Kulayigye Mutiini, Maj. Gen Onesmus Pecos Kuteesa, Captain Susan Lakot Oruni and Lt. Gen Ivan Koreta.
The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige kicked off the event by making a proclamation to administer the oath of allegiance and oath of Member of Parliament for the 145 out of the 426 MPs to be sworn in on day one of the three-day exercise.