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Report Pins 122 MPs for Skipping Committee Meetings

Kyamuswa County MP, Carolyn Birungi Nanyondo missed all the 19 meetings of the Human Rights and Agriculture committees while Julie Mukoda, the Mayuge Woman MP didn’t attend any of the 15 meetings of the Finance, Planning and Economic Development Committee.
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One hundred twenty (122) legislators missed all committee meetings held between July 1st to October 3rd 2018, according to a report by the Clerk to Parliament. Each Member of Parliament with the exception of ex-officios and minister sit on a Sectoral and standing committee.    

There are 27 committees of parliament, 12 of which are Sectoral committees while the remaining are standing committees. According to the report from the clerk to parliament, standing committees held a total of 126 meetings in the period in question.  This means each committee held an average of 11 meetings.

The Appointments and Business committees chaired by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga held one meeting each.  While the Public Accounts (Central Government) held 17 most number of meetings standing at 17.   

The 16 sectoral committees held 154 meetings in total, with an average of 10 meetings per committee. However, records show that several members didn’t show up for any of the meetings held between July 1st to October 3rd 2018.

They include the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanya alias Bobi Wine, Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko, Prof. Ogenga Latigo, Agago North, Ishma Mafabi, Eastern Youth MP and Amongin Jacqueline, the Ngora Woman MP.    

Kyagulanyi missed the 27 meetings of both the Presidential Affairs and Human Rights Committees while Nsereko was absent in all the 14 meetings of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the 11 meetings of the Equal Opportunities Committee.  

Prof. Ogenga missed all the nineteen meetings of the Committees on Rules, Discipline and agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Amongin didn’t any of the 14 meetings held by the Public Accounts Committee (Central Government) or the 13 meetings held by the Presidential Affairs Committee.

Ishma Mafabi also missed all the meetings of the Presidential Affairs Committee and the 7 meetings held by the Government Assurances and Implementation Committee. 

Also on the list of absentees are Mukono North MP, Betty Nambooze, Arua Woman MP, Mourine Osoru and Bukomansibi Woman MP, Veronica Nanyondo Namaganda.

Nambooze missed all the 14 meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (Local Government) and the Sectoral Committee on Public Service and Local Government.

Nanyondo missed all the nine meetings of the Committees on HIV/AIDs and Related Matters plus all the five meetings of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Committee.   

Osuro missed all the 25 meetings of the Human Rights and Gender, Labour and Social Development Committee.  

Gaster Mugoya and Robinah Nabbanja, both members of the Committee of Rules and Legal and Parliamentary Affairs missed all the 28 sitting of the two committees. 

  

Army Representative, Lt. Gen Ivan Koreta missed all the 19 meetings of the Committees on Public Accounts (Central Government) and Agriculture. 

Nakawa MP, Michael Kabaziguruka didn’t attend any of the 27 meetings of both the Rules and Presidential Affairs Committees.  

  

Kyamuswa County MP, Carolyn Birungi Nanyondo missed all the 19 meetings of the Human Rights and Agriculture committees while Julie Mukoda, the Mayuge Woman MP didn’t attend any of the 15 meetings of the Finance, Planning and Economic Development Committee. 

  

While some MPs missed all the meetings, some members attended few or most meetings. For instance, Opposition Whip and Kiira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Nganda attended only one of the 14 meetings of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee. He missed all the 14 meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (Central Governments). 

Kawempe South MP, Munyagwa Mubaraka missed all the 11 meetings of the Equal Opportunities Committee and attended 3 of the eleven meetings of the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee. Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto missed all the 14 meetings of the Budget committee and attended half of the meetings held by the Tourism, Trade and Industries Committee.      

Buyagga County MP, Barnabas Tinkasiimire attended 5 of the 14 Budget committee meetings but missed all the 17 meetings of ICT and National Guidance Committee.  

  

He told the Uganda Radio Network that he wrote a letter to Kadaga to notify her that he wouldn’t attend any committee meetings for at least six months to focus on work in his constituency.  

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Nakaseke South MP, Luttamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished the report on grounds that it is unfair to him and Latif Ssebagala, the then vice chairperson of the Government Assurances and Implementation Committee. 

The report noted that Luttamaguzi and Ssebagala missed all the seven committee meetings.

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Abdu Katuntu who chaired the Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises also refuted the record, saying he attended three of the fourteen committee meetings.   

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He however, acknowledged missing all the 14 meetings of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee because he had to chair COSASE meetings. 

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 About the Meetings  

The Committee chairs and Vice chairpersons earn Shillings 100,000 for each meeting while the Committee members earn Shillings 50,000.     

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