On Tuesday, MPs had a lengthy discussion on the legality of the Katuntu led Taskforce. The Deputy speaker constituted the task force without approval from the house, which has raised questions among some members.
Committee of Parliament has resolved to visit each of the 353 constituencies
nationwide to assess the status of health facilities. Last week, the
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Annet Anita Among directed the newly constituted
Health Committee chaired by Koboko Municipality Member of Parliament, Dr. Charles
Ayume to conduct a nationwide assessment of the state of health facilities.
directive came as a 40-member parliamentary Taskforce on COVID-19 led by Abdu Katuntu;
the Bugweri county MP was already in the field assessing the COVID-19
interventions by the Government, which took them to various health facilities.
The task force covered all regions of the country. However, on Tuesday, MPs had
a lengthy discussion on the legality of the Katuntu led Taskforce.
The Deputy speaker constituted the task force
without approval from the house, which has raised questions among some members. By the time
Among formed the task force, parliament had not yet constituted house
committees. It is the mandate of the Health committee to do oversight on health-related matters. Key concerns include whether Parliament needed to form a task
force to play its mandate.
the committee should take on the findings of the Taskforce, which are due to be
presented on Thursday, Ayume says that this is a different assignment with a
different mandate. He, however, says that the committee can borrow from the task force report. He says that the taskforce chairperson Abdu Katuntu had already guided on the
issue of legality but asked the Legal officer of Parliament to guide the members
This is after Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South MP questioned the
legality of the task force led by Katuntu in light of proposals that the
committee adopts the health committee report.
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The committee Legal officer however guided that the task force was legally
constituted by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
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Ayume, the health Committee chairperson who was also the chairperson for the
northern Uganda team said they received guidance in regards to the legality of
the task force.
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On the new mandate of the Health committee, Ayume, said it is impossible to
inspect the over 2000 health facilities in the country, saying there is need to
work out modalities to execute the assignment.
The meeting resolved that the committee only visit health facilities that were
left out by the task force.
committee also agreed that instead of visiting districts, they should go to
constituencies and work with the area MP.
Ayume said they will have to break up into 11 teams of 3 people each so
as to cover the entire country.