Start censuring the ministers who have failed on their duties – Hon. Ssekikubo

The Member of Parliament for Rwemiyaga county Theodore Ssekikubo asks parliament  to start the process of censuring the ministers who have failed on their duties.

This is after minister for Internal affairs Jeje Odong and his junior minister Kania Obiga failed to show up in the Parliament Defence Committee as officials from the police force had been invited to explain a number of issues in line with of expenditure of the budget as passed by parliament, violence in the country and general security in the country.

Courtesy Photo: Theodore Ssekikubo
Courtesy Photo: Theodore Ssekikubo

The MPs sitting on this committee said they could not go ahead to interface with the officials from police who are under the internal affairs ministry when their political heads had not appeared despite them being notified and invited for this same meeting.

The committee chairperson Doreen Amule had first insisted the meeting goes on considering the  fact that the witnesses had appeared but she was challenged by a number of MPs including Theodore Ssekikubo, Mubaraka Munyagwa, Donozio kahonda and Nakaseke woman MP Sarah Najjuma  going against the parliament rules of procedures.

Sekikubo explains that its becoming fond of several ministers to follow short of their duties as on several occasions fail to show up in parliament to answer particular issues hence it’s high time such ministers be censured.

Legislators return to parliament today, issues to discuss include land

By Alice Lubwama

The parliament of Uganda resumes business today 6th after a one month recess.

While sending Members of Parliament for recess ,the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya asked them to consult their voters on the issues affecting them and then report back to the house to take a decision.

The recess period has been an action packed one, with several incidences being reported in various communities including several reports of land evictions especially for Bibanja owners the recent being in  Lusanja Parish at Ssekanyonyi Zone, Nangabo Sub-County Wakiso District where over 70 families were evicted and 350 houses destroyed affecting over 550 people.

The speaker Kadaga also promised that she will prioritize the issue of land evictions as first business to be discussed by parliament to find a solution, saying she had also received a number of complaints
from Ugandans who have been evicted from their land with out any compensation.

In 2016  president Museveni appointed a commission of inquiry headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to probe an array of issues pertaining to the land sector in Uganda.

The commission  was tasked to inquire into “ the effectiveness of the land law and process of land acquisition, land administration, management and land registration.”

Parliamentarians want UPDF out of fishing communities

By Alice Lubwama

Legislators who represent the fishing communities that  include Buvuma woman member of Parliament,  Nantume Egunyu  ,Bukoli islands MP   Abott Ouma , Kalangala  woman MP Idah Nabayiga have attacked Government for defending  the Uganda People Defense Force officers who are harassing the fisher men at landing sites.

This was after the state minister  for Veteran  Affairs Bright Rwamirama presented a statement to parliament on the behavior of the UPDF officers who are allegedly  torturing  and unlawfully arresting
fishermen at the land sites and defended them as there were using reasonable force to control illegal fishing.

Jinja municipality MP Paul Mwiru suggested that   that the fisheries minister be appointed to stop the UPDF excesses which are not following the law on the fishing community.

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga last Wednesday adjourned the house sine die until; Government comes up with a statement on the mistreatment of fisher men.

The MPs were later called to attend plenary after parliament had got confirmation from Government that it will present the statement on the matter.

Anti corruption coalition warns on over spending

By  Deo Wasswa

Anti corruption coalition Uganda says  president Museveni’s directive to ministry of finance to procure armored vehicles for Members of  Parliament is an abuse of taxpayer’s money.

Addressing a press conference, Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of the coalition noted that the Ugandan tax payer is already burdened by the fat allowances for MPs including basic pay, constituency facilitation, sitting allowances, social security among others .

The coalition is therefore calling upon the president to rescind this directive since it is discriminatory in nature against all Ugandans.
If the ministry of finance implement the president’s directive, a total of Uganda shillings 228b will be needed.

Legislators called back from recess

By Daudi Zirimala

The Parliament of Uganda is sitting this afternoon from recess to discuss matters of national importance.

According to the clerk to parliament Jane Kibirige, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga summoned the legislators to constitute the sector committees of parliament for financial year 2018/19.

Some sources also said that issues of mobile money and social media tax likely to be discussed under matters of national importance.

MPs deserve a bigger pay -Hon. Waluswaka

By Edwin Muhumuza

Bunyole West MP, James Waluswaka has refuted media reports that legislators had decided to double their salaries. He however justifies the need for the move ,owing to the fact that MPs at times do engage in several activities ;official and unofficial. The NRM legislator says may be in the next financial year they may increase their salaries.

Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang, who is a Parliamentary Commissioner for Finance and Planning, has insisted the commission had not yet submitted a request for salary increment for MPs.

Chris Obore, the Parliament’s Director for Communication and Public Affairs, says the Parliamentary Commission did not make a request for MPs’ salary enhancement, but admitted the request may have been “introduced at some stage”.

Honourable Waluswaka,remarks that government does not have money to the extent of affording drugs such as Septrin and therefore any increment would be selfish at this time.He has instead accused the opposition of propaganda intended to throw mud at the government in order to incite the public.

Perspective

An MP in Uganda earns a basic salary of Shs 11.18m, which is taxed. However, they also take home a raft of untaxed allowances, which elevates their total pay package above the Shs 20 million-mark.

These include subsistence allowance of Shs 4.5m, town running allowance (Shs 1m), gratuity (Shs 1m), medical allowance (Shs 500,000), committee sitting allowance (Shs 50,000), plenary sitting allowance (150,000), as well as a mileage allowance from Parliament to the furthest point of an individual MP’s constituency.

In East Africa, the Ugandan MP’s take total package is higher than that of a Tanzanian legislator ($7,266) and Rwandan ($1,271). The earnings of Ugandan MPs’ have once again been put in the spotlight by the 10th Parliament to increase the legislators’ one-off car grant allowance by 94 per cent from Shs 103m of their predecessors to Shs 200m.

Parliament closes in on government officials asking favors from investors

By Edwin Muhumuza

Members of parliament have called for the streamlining and publication of all incentives and benefits  of investors in the ongoing amendments to the investment bill.

This after it was revealed that some government officials were going ahead to ask for favors from investors in return of granting them licenses for operation.Their concerns were raised as the State Minister of Finance for Investment, Hon.Evelyn Anite accompanied by Investment Authority Executive Director Jolly Kaguhangire ,appeared before the committee of finance.

Last week, among the things highlighted on the floor of parliament was that the law focused on the investment authority yet there were outstanding issues pertaining the investor.Now  the parliamentary committee of finance headed by,Hon.Henry Musasizi, is trying to conclude with the review of the investment code bill which seeks to  amend the 1992 investment Act.

Members of the committee  have deferred debate on the Investment Code Bill aimed at ensuring a conducive environment for investors. Amos Lugolobi (Ntenjeru South), a member of the Parliament committee says there should be incentives for strategic areas of investments, including VAT Exemptions on, supply of services such as feasibility studies/designs, earth moving equipment, construction materials, to a developer of an industrial park, whose investment is at least $200million among others.

Patrick Nsamba(Kasanda North) adds that the Investment code bill should include, the environment of operation ,handling issues such as, investment guarantees, competition, openness in trade and investment, investor rights, treatment ie; the local investor versus the foreign investor, issues to do with protecting capital investment, repatriation of capital and assets, protection of intellectual property, and financial transparency.

 

Speaker Kadaga asks government to support innovative women

By Zirimala Daudi

The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says that the government should support women in innovations and creativity skills by including them into the innovation fund.

Reading the statement on behalf of the speaker, the minister of state for Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye , the speaker said women and girls constitute a half of the Uganda’s population and 40% of the business registered in Uganda are owned by women therefore its incumbent upon government to put in place policies to support women.

She said the Intellectual property day celebrates the resourcefulness and bravery of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

The World Intellectual day was organized by Uganda Registrations Services Bureau under the theme powering change; women in innovation and creativity.

 

Rukutana says Government acted with in the law on age limit

Deputy  Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukuntana  has told court in Mbale hearing the age limit petition  that  parliament acted within the law and prescribed procedures to amend the Constitution including the lifting of the 75 year old presidential age limit and enlargement of the MPs and LC5 leaders tenure term in office from five to seven years.
Rukutana and  solicitor General Francis Atoke led a legal  team of other  18 state Attorneys  in their effort to prove before a panel of five justices that the law was constitutionally passed. He adds that government did not break any law while facilitating the entire process leading to the amendment of the constitution including the  funds from the consolidated fund to pay 29 million shillings to each mp  fir consultations.

Parliamentary committee advised to leave Kadaga-Namuganza feud to Museveni

By Edwin Muhumuza

NRM chairman Eastern Region Mike Mukula has told the parliamentary committee on rules and discipline that the scuffle between lands minister Persis Namuganza and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga should be left to the party.

The Former Soroti Municipality MP was appearing as witness in a scandal that has shocked the country and heightened ethnic tensions in Busoga region.He said the matter is now being solved by the party chairman Yoweri Museveni.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah directed the committee chaired by Kalaki MP Clement Ongalo-Obote to investigate the two powerful women from Busoga sub-region after Ngora MP David Abala raised a procedural matter, that the conflict as captured in the media was irritating and required explanation.

Kadaga and Namuganza’s conflicts started early this month at function to launch boreholes in Bukono, where Namuganza reportedly told off Kadaga and Busoga king Gabula Nadiope to concentrate on ‘fighting jiggers in Kamuli’, which to her are a serious threat than ‘poking their noses’ into Namutumba affairs.

The Bukono County MP,  shed tears last week while appearing before the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges over her rivalry with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga,saying that her life is in danger, after the Speaker allegedly ‘declared war’ on her.