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.


Speaker Kadaga has no kind words for corrupt Chinese firm

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has implored the Inspectorate of Government to investigate cases of Chinese contractors involving in defrauding Uganda.

Kadaga was officiating at the dialogue between the Inspectorate of Government and parliament’s accountability committees. The meeting was held at Kabira Country Club this morning.

Kadaga made reference to recent findings by parliament’s committee on Commissions, State Authorities and Statutory Enterprise’s in which over 50 billion Shillings  was lost of Chinese contractors who had been contracted by the Uganda National Roads Authority.

In one of the findings, 47.7 billion advanced to five contractors for the compensation of persons affected by road construction projects was misused.

The firms include China Railway 18th Group, China Railway No.3 Group, Zhongmei Engineering, China Railway No.5 Group and Chongqing International Construction Company. They were contracted by government to undertake the construction of Musita-Lumino-Busia, Kanoni-Sembabule-Villa, Olwiyo Gulu, Gulu-Acholibur and Acholibur-Musingo roads.

But in one of the interfaces with the committee, it was established that the contractors fixed the money in various banks to earn interest while part of it was invested in personal businesses. They were forced to refund the money.

The same committee has queried a fine of 1.8 billion Shillings paid by UNRA to – Chongqing International Construction (CICO) of China after a delay in securing the Environmental Impact Assessment report as part of the contract for upgrading of Vurra-Arua-Koboko-Oraba road.

Speaker Kadaga said persons involved in such scams need to be prosecuted for stealing tax payer’s money. “We need a follow up, prosecute people taking this money. We have so much money in this country and if there were no corruption, we would not even need donor money”, Kadaga said.

Deputy IGG George Bamugemereire applauded parliament for coming out strong on corruption noting that his office would surely follow up on corruption cases recently exposed by parliament accountability committees.

IGG Irene Mulyagonja said that her office is today going to engage with MPs sitting on accountability committees to see how to close gaps in the laws of accountability.

She said that at the close of their engagement, they would come up with resolutions that will be forwarded and considered by the Tenth Parliament in a bid to fight corruption and mal-administration in the country.


Kadaga reclaims her seat as speaker, she states 10th Parliament agenda

Rebecca Kadaga has hinged the agenda of the tenth parliament on the fight for good governance, accountability and service delivery.

Delivering her maiden speech shortly after returning unopposed as speaker of parliament this morning, Kadaga noted that these are important principles which legislators must promote for the good of the country.

She also said Parliament will continue to connect with the public, through its outreach programme.

She also apologised to the legislators in advance about the problems of space given the high number of legislators in the tenth parliament, which is comprised of 426 MPs.

Kadaga also gave political parties up to Wednesday next week to provide a list of their party whips, who will be able to participate in the constitution of committees, which handle Parliament work.

The business committee, chaired by Kadaga, is expected to sit soon to draft business for the 10th Parliament, in consultation with the government.