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Gov't Brought No Business to House – Kadaga

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.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has noted with concern the government's failure to table a single bill in the first year of the tenth parliament.

 

According to Kadaga, while opening the tenth parliament in June this year, President, Yoweri Museveni listed 29 bills that government would table before parliament but none of them showed up.

 

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The bills included the Agriculture Extension Bill, The Amendment of the NAADS Act, 2001, The Amendment of the Universities and other Tertiary Institution Act (2011), The Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, The National Coffee Bill, The Uganda Construction Industry Commission (UCICO) Bill, The Engineers Registration Act (Amendment) Bill among others.

 

 

Also on the list are The Roads Act (Amendment) Bill, The Foreign Service Bill, The Uganda Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs Bill, The Overseas Properties and Immunities Bill, 2010, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016, The Administration of the Judiciary Bill, 2016, The Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Bill, 2016, The Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) Amendment Bill and others.

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.

 

She noted that legislators have been handling 18 bills that were tabled in the Ninth parliament and, adding that they are at the first and second reading. They include the Anti-Counterfeits bill, Data Protection and Privacy bill, Insurance bill, Local Government Amendments bill, Mental Health bill, Human Rights Enforcement bill, Communications Amendment bill and others.

 

 

She said that these bills and others are to be handled immediately when parliament resumes early next year. On committee performance, Kadaga said that the committee on health visited all referral hospitals in Uganda and that this report on the state of health and equipment in hospitals is ready and will be handled in January.

 

She also noted that the Local Government Accounts Committee had visited all districts, 44 municipalities and updated parliament on the progress of their work. Kadaga said that through the Natural Resources committee, government is moving to regulate sand mining in the country after discovering rot in the sector.

 

Kadaga particularly expressed gratitude with the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE chaired by Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu saying they performed extremely well in the fight against corruption. 

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On Thursday, the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa defended government's performance in the first year of parliament, saying cabinet expected parliament to first clear the bills carried over from the ninth parliament.

 

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