BY Alice Lubwama
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga warns government ministries to carry out adequate research on bills before they present them to parliament for consideration.
While opening the 4th session of 10th parliament at serena hotel this afternoon Kadaga said that government withdrawn four bills from parliament because of lack of research and consultations from the various stake holders.” I want to express my disappointment that in the number of areas there was obvious manifestation of lack of adequate preparedness and consultation to stake holders at formulation stage of these bills and this wasted parliament’s time.
The speaker said that she was particularly disturbed by Government’s failure to process the Kampala capital city authority bill since 2015.
The speaker has also asked the executive to bring all business it considers important in the first two weeks of this session especially those on electoral reforms, saying that parliament will transact business for limited time because MPs will focus more in their constituents because the road map for the next election is already out.
“Members are usually uncomfortable around this time and they focus on what is happening in their constituents, it is therefore necessary that the executive brings all business it deems important with in the first two months so that it can be processed by committees and later considered by the house.Kadaga said
Kadaga also commended MPs for their dedication to parliament work during the last session compared to the previous one.
She noted that parliament of Uganda passed the highest number of 26 bills in the 3rd session ended compared to other countries in the region.
“During this session we have supersede all other parliaments in that we enacted 26 bills as compared to 11 in the first session and 17 in the second session ,we had the highest number in the region.’’ She noted.
The speaker has also warned accounting officers of government ministries and agencies to stop funding committee work yet these are supposed to monitor their performance. Kadaga has threatened to report such accounting officers to the head of public service to take action against them.