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Age Limit Amendment Derailed Parliament-Kadaga

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that consideration of the Constitutional Amendment Bill, presented by MP Raphael Magyezi derailed parliament, because of the complexities involved and chaos that marred the ensuing debate.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga with Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah ahead of the State of the Nation Address.

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The prolonged consideration of 'Age Limit' amendments, Absenteeism and laxity in government institutions, affected the performance of parliament, during the previous session, according to the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

Kadaga observed that the performance of the tenth parliament was below expectation during the Second Session in which only 11 bills were adequately considered, compared to the 17 bills covered.

The 11 bills include the Bio-fuels Bill, 2016, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, the Tax Appeals Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, the Tax Procedures Code (Amendment) Bill, the Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill, the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill, the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill, and the Appropriation Bill.

Parliament also passed 56 resolutions during the same period while only 117 questions were answered during the Prime Minister's question time against the 441 questions answered in the first session. Committees in the Second Session produced 29 reports against 30 reports produced in the First session.

Kadaga said that consideration of the Constitutional Amendment Bill, presented by MP Raphael Magyezi derailed parliament, because of the complexities involved and chaos that marred the ensuing debate.  Kadaga was speaking shortly before the State of the Nation of Address delivered this afternoon at the International Conference Centre in Kampala.

 

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Kadaga also cited leadership capacity gaps among committee chairpersons and proposed that the process of appointment of chairpersons should be changed to ensure efficiency. She observed that several committees have not fulfilled their responsibilities yet members lack team spirit causing a delay in business.

Committee Chairperson's are appointed by Political Parties and their supervision of vested in the party whips. She further faulted government ministries, departments and entities for taking long to respond to parliament invitations or even avail the required information needed to process business and make decisions.

 

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She said that her office will work with the whips to ensure better supervision of work in committee and also conduct capacity building programs for MPs.

 

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Kadaga also cited absenteeism saying that it has affected parliament work since some MPs and Ministers have made it a habit not to attend parliament proceedings causing unnecessary adjournments and delays in clearing parliamentary business.

 She urged MPs and Ministers to revisit their conduct of absenteeism saying that parliament is not just an address but a place where public work must be handled effectively.

 

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