Kadaga Honored for defeating LGBTQI agenda in Uganda

By Edwin Muhumuza

Parliament has moved a motion to commend the speaker Rebecca Kadaga towards her stance against homosexuality on the global scene. This upon her accomplishments alongside a contingent of Ugandan legislators during the 139th Inter Parliamentary Union( IPU),which took place in Geneva, under the theme ,’strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees,-the need for evidence-based policy solutions.’

Representatives from the pro-gay nations moved an amendment to the IPU rules to have the debate on the rights of homosexuals even after objections from mainly Muslim and African members.

Courtesy Photo: During the 139th Inter Parliamentary Union( IPU),which took place in Geneva
Courtesy Photo: During the 139th Inter Parliamentary Union( IPU),which took place in Geneva

The proposal moved by the IPU standing committee on Democracy and Human Rights was meant to be considered during the IPU general assembly sitting but members of the committee decided to introduce amendments to rules that could make it impossible for the General Assembly to change or debate anything passed by the standing committee.

However, The committee on Democracy and Human Rights chaired by Botswana argued that the proposal had received overwhelming support in the committee and that the decision should be adopted without debate in the Assembly prompting  the IPU president, Gabriela Cuevas Barron to propose that members lobby in order to vote on a question whether the Assembly can change the work plan and agenda of the standing committees.

Ugandan legislators led by speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, rallied other legislators in different geopolitical groups to support the motion, which could allow the Assembly to amend different issues in the committee report that had already been adopted by a smaller group of pro-gay supporters.

 Protesters outside Uganda House in London demonstrate against the Ugandan anti-gay bill in 2009. © 2009 Getty Images

Protesters outside Uganda House in London demonstrate against the Ugandan anti-gay bill in 2009. © 2009 Getty Images

An excerpt of the motion seen by Capital Radio reads in part; APPRECIATING the brave performance by the Rt. Hon. Speaker in defending cultural norms and values of Africans in general and Ugandans, in particular, which norms and values shape the future direction of this great notion, and above all, aspire to uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

NOW, THEREFORE. BE IT RESOLVED by this lOth Parliament to: Congratulate the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda and urge her to remain firm in her persistent commitment to uphold African values. Appeal to members of IPU and the international community to respect cultural values and aspirations of each member state.

Urge all Ugandans to wholly remain firm in defense of our values and opposition to foreign sexual practices such as homosexuality. Urge Ugandan officials who engage in international business on behalf of Uganda to, at all times, promote her interests rather than those of other notions.Urge government to identify and deal firmly with Non-Governmental Organizations which serve as the main conduit for dissemination and promotion of homosexuality and other decadent practices in Uganda.

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.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE DIVIDED ON DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

By Edwin Muhumuza

Former Leader of opposition in Parliament and MP Agago North Ogenga Latigo says the committee on rules, privileges and discipline cannot investigate the actions of legislators because it illegal.

The move by the speaker to direct the committee to investigate the conduct of legislators opposed to lifting the presidential age limit from the constitution has been faulted by former leader of opposition Ogenga Latigo. He says conditions under which it was instituted are wrong since the speaker abandoned the house.

This following the nasty scenes that rocked the house last week in which Special Forces raided parliament to evict members of parliament on the directive of the speaker who had instructed the Sergeant At Arms to take action.

However in their first sitting,the parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline is divided on how to investigate the conduct of legislators who sang the national anthem in protest of plans to lift the presidential age limit from the constitution after the speaker had suspended 25 of them.

Members submissions were laced with  political undertones of witch hunt based on party lines. The chairman, Hon Kenneth Obote Oboth cationed members to put political differences aside to investigate an incident that has cast the speaker Rt.Hon.Rebecca Kadaga in wrong light and even parliament.

He reiterated that it was not time to go deep into the technicalities of the matter at this stage noting that they would go ahead to come up with a list of legislators to face disciplinary action based on CCTV footage of that day with focus on how members behaved .

IRCU call for a ban on reproduction sexual materials in schools

By Moses Kidandi

The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has urged the 10th parliament and government to ban the circulation of all reproduction sexual materials in schools.

The IRCU Council of President Co- Chair His Grace the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga says sex education materials are spread in school libraries and taught to pupils with an objective of spreading homosexuality. He was speaking during the councils’ prayer breakfast meeting with the 10th parliament.

Archbishop Lwanga asked parliament and government to empower religious institutions in the fight against prostitution and passing anti abortion bill. In her remarks, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga encouraged religious leaders to continue with the fight against reproductive sex education saying they have already confiscated most of the books in schools.

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THE PUBLIC EXPECTS FROM PARLIAMENT BETTER SERVICES – KADAGA

By Alice Lubwama

The newly elected speaker of the 10th parliament Rebecca Kadaga has pledged to be objective and serve all the mps.

Delivering her acceptance speech as the new speaker of 10th parliament, Kadaga reminded members of parliament that the public expect from parliament better services, and accountability which she said should be their main focus.

She made the remarks after taking oath of speaker which was administered by President Museveni. The speaker also appealed to the president to support her in securing funds for the construction of the new chambers at the northern parking yard, saying the current chambers cannot accommodate the growing numbers of mps.

Kadaga went through unopposed. She was nominated by Ralpheal Magyezi and seconded by Dokolo woman mp Cecilia Ogwal


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