In the Speaker’s communication to Parliament on Tuesday, Kadaga tasked the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo about the Act saying that if Parliament does not hear from the Head of State in the next few days about the matter, the House will go ahead to pronounce it as Law.
of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said that President Yoweri Museveni is yet to
assent to the Traditional and Complementary Medicines Act, 2019, a year since it
was passed by parliament.
The Act was
passed on 5th February 2019 and it among others seeks to regulate the use of
traditional and complementary medicines. It provides for a fine of 20 million
Shillings to herbalists and other providers of complementary medicine who
advertise or operate without a license.
In the Speaker’s communication to Parliament on Tuesday, Kadaga tasked the
Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo about the Act saying that if Parliament
does not hear from the Head of State in the next few days about the matter, the
House will go ahead to pronounce it as Law.
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Article 91(1) of the Constitution empowers Parliament to make laws through
Bills passed by Parliament into Acts and thereafter assented to by the
The Constitution mandates the President to assent to the Act of Parliament
within 30 days after it is presented before him or her. However, it also provides that when the
President fails to sign or return the Act to Parliament within the prescribed
30 days, he shall be taken to have given assent and at the expiration of the
given period, the Speaker shall then cause a copy of the Act to be laid before
Parliament and the Act shall then become law without the assent of the
establishes a council responsible for the regulation of traditional and complementary
medicines practitioners, defining their roles, issuing those licenses and
Ministry of Health has in the past noted that the Act will help crackdown on
quacks who claim to be traditional medicines researchers and healers by
prohibiting advertisement in the media without a license or clearance by the
The Act also
prohibits herbalists from using the prefix ‘Doctor’ giving the Minister of
Health authority to declare appropriate titles for traditional medicine
It is also a
requirement under the Act for providers to take herbs to the National
Therapeutic Research Laboratory to assess the herbs to know whether they have
the necessary ingredients to treat a particular disease. The laboratory works
jointly with the National Drug Authority after which the Council can issue a
Certificate or license.
the National Medicine Policy 2015, nearly 80 percent of the populations in
developing countries use traditional medicine as a first call for treatment
before visiting a health facility.