The government has told Parliament that it needs more time to
consult on the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Amendment Bill 2019
concerning which Ministry should supervise the funds.
In September last year MPs disagreed over the clauses relating to
midterm access and which Ministry between Finance and Gender should supervise
the funds. The MPs had also failed to agree on the age group of people to
access the funds and the percentage that should be given out.
The joint committee on Finance and Gender in their report proposed
that only members aged above 45 and who have saved for at least 10 years,
should be allowed to access 20 percent of their benefits.
Although Cabinet wanted funds to be moved to the Finance Ministry
from Gender, the MPs rejected.
Parliament had instructed the committee and the two Ministries to
harmonize on eight clauses, the joint committee on Finance and Gender finalized
their role but Government says that they were not ready.
On Tuesday, during the plenary, the Minister of State for Gender
Mwesigwa Rukutana and the Minister of Finance in charge of Planning David
Bahati asked for more time to consult on the bill.
Rukutana says that the clauses have a big effect on the national
economy and the plight of the labour force in Uganda.
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Agnes Kunihira, the Vice-chairperson Gender Committee says that
they were ready to proceed with the bill, but Government was not ready. She
says that they had already resolved the issue of midterm access and what is
remaining was on which Ministry should supervise the funds.
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Workers MP Sam Lyomoki said that there are plans by the Government
to delay the bill until the 11th Parliament.
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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga gave the Government up to
Thursday to come up with a position.