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  •   Parliament passed the Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 which establishes severe penalties for trading in human organs for commercial purposes The Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 seeks to establish a legal framework for organ cell and tissue transplantation in Uganda The bill also sought to regulate the conduct of donation and transplant activities in the country In an attempt to prevent the vices associated with human organ donation and transplantation Parliament passed a life sentence for people who traffic in human organs and tissues for commercial purposes It also prescribes life imprisonment without option to pay for child organ traffickers The Bill establishes the Uganda Organ and Transplant Council to oversee and regulate organ and cell donation and transplantation in Uganda The Health Committee which previously reviewed the bill listening to views from various stakeholders recommended that children s organ donation only take place in exceptional circumstances approved by the Council with the consent of a parent or guardian The provisions include stem cell therapy for miners who are twins or close siblings after Council approval Prescribing a life sentence for a person who contravenes the provision said Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee The bill imposes a life sentence on anyone who removes a human organ tissue or cell from a living donor without consent or authorization and prohibits the sale of one s own organs for financial gain Legal persons will face a penalty of Shs 10 billion for engaging in the human organ trade For the same offence people including health workers or traffickers face a fine of 2 billion shs or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 20 years or both The bill prohibits monetary compensation or any other form of compensation for organs tissues or cells other than reimbursement for donation related expenses except for justifiable expenses approved by the council Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the bill will help Ugandans get organ transplants but will also protect vulnerable people
    Uganda: House sets tough penalties for trade in human organs
      Parliament passed the Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 which establishes severe penalties for trading in human organs for commercial purposes The Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 seeks to establish a legal framework for organ cell and tissue transplantation in Uganda The bill also sought to regulate the conduct of donation and transplant activities in the country In an attempt to prevent the vices associated with human organ donation and transplantation Parliament passed a life sentence for people who traffic in human organs and tissues for commercial purposes It also prescribes life imprisonment without option to pay for child organ traffickers The Bill establishes the Uganda Organ and Transplant Council to oversee and regulate organ and cell donation and transplantation in Uganda The Health Committee which previously reviewed the bill listening to views from various stakeholders recommended that children s organ donation only take place in exceptional circumstances approved by the Council with the consent of a parent or guardian The provisions include stem cell therapy for miners who are twins or close siblings after Council approval Prescribing a life sentence for a person who contravenes the provision said Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee The bill imposes a life sentence on anyone who removes a human organ tissue or cell from a living donor without consent or authorization and prohibits the sale of one s own organs for financial gain Legal persons will face a penalty of Shs 10 billion for engaging in the human organ trade For the same offence people including health workers or traffickers face a fine of 2 billion shs or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 20 years or both The bill prohibits monetary compensation or any other form of compensation for organs tissues or cells other than reimbursement for donation related expenses except for justifiable expenses approved by the council Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the bill will help Ugandans get organ transplants but will also protect vulnerable people
    Uganda: House sets tough penalties for trade in human organs
    Africa5 days ago

    Uganda: House sets tough penalties for trade in human organs

    Parliament passed the Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 which establishes severe penalties for trading in human organs for commercial purposes.

    The Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Bill 2022 seeks to establish a legal framework for organ, cell and tissue transplantation in Uganda.

    The bill also sought to regulate the conduct of donation and transplant activities in the country.

    In an attempt to prevent the vices associated with human organ donation and transplantation, Parliament passed a life sentence for people who traffic in human organs and tissues for commercial purposes.

    It also prescribes life imprisonment without option to pay for child organ traffickers.

    The Bill establishes the Uganda Organ and Transplant Council to oversee and regulate organ and cell donation and transplantation in Uganda.

    The Health Committee, which previously reviewed the bill, listening to views from various stakeholders, recommended that children's organ donation only take place in exceptional circumstances approved by the Council with the consent of a parent or guardian.

    “The provisions include stem cell therapy for miners who are twins or close siblings after Council approval.

    Prescribing a life sentence for a person who contravenes the provision,” said Dr. Charles Ayume, chairman of the Health Committee.

    The bill imposes a life sentence on anyone who removes a human organ, tissue, or cell from a living donor without consent or authorization; and prohibits the sale of one's own organs for financial gain.

    Legal persons will face a penalty of Shs 10 billion for engaging in the human organ trade.

    For the same offence, people, including health workers or traffickers, face a fine of 2 billion shs or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 20 years, or both.

    The bill prohibits monetary compensation or any other form of compensation for organs, tissues or cells other than reimbursement for donation-related expenses, except for justifiable expenses approved by the council.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the bill will help Ugandans get organ transplants but will also protect vulnerable people.

  •   MPs have adopted a motion urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country The Hon Aisha Kabanda NUP Butambala District during the plenary session on Tuesday September 27 2022 Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022 2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders We are concerned that cases will increase The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough Mental health services must be integrated across sectors he said Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors saying the current 42 are not enough Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools Their mental illnesses are not detected in time This requires early detection Children are committing suicide more and more he said The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid 19 treatment units to their original use Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support We can identify money in the budget said Tayebwa He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding Hon Geofrey Macho IND Municipality of Busia called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling she said Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses Alanyo said Hon Herbert Ariko NRM Soroti East Division pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists Currently we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired Mental health coaches are not available We need to equip institutions to train people he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses Why is this the case Basalirwa wondered
    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government
      MPs have adopted a motion urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country The Hon Aisha Kabanda NUP Butambala District during the plenary session on Tuesday September 27 2022 Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022 2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders We are concerned that cases will increase The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough Mental health services must be integrated across sectors he said Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors saying the current 42 are not enough Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools Their mental illnesses are not detected in time This requires early detection Children are committing suicide more and more he said The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid 19 treatment units to their original use Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support We can identify money in the budget said Tayebwa He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding Hon Geofrey Macho IND Municipality of Busia called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling she said Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses Alanyo said Hon Herbert Ariko NRM Soroti East Division pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists Currently we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired Mental health coaches are not available We need to equip institutions to train people he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses Why is this the case Basalirwa wondered
    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government
    Africa7 days ago

    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government

    MPs have adopted a motion, urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country.

    The Hon. Aisha Kabanda (NUP, Butambala District) during the plenary session on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

    Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022/2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders.

    “We are concerned that cases will increase.

    The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough.

    Mental health services must be integrated across sectors,” he said.

    Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors, saying the current 42 are not enough.

    “Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools.

    Their mental illnesses are not detected in time.

    This requires early detection.

    Children are committing suicide more and more,” he said.

    The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid-19 treatment units to their original use.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem.

    “We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded.

    This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support.

    We can identify money in the budget,” said Tayebwa.

    He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level, saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding.

    Hon. Geofrey Macho (IND., Municipality of Busia) called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department, saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients.

    “Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling,” she said.

    Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill, saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible.

    UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection.

    “Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools.

    Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses,” Alanyo said.

    Hon. Herbert Ariko (NRM, Soroti East Division) pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists.

    “Currently, we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired.

    Mental health coaches are not available.

    We need to equip institutions to train people,” he said.

    The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri, H.E. Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country.

    “Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses.

    Why is this the case?

    Basalirwa wondered.

  •   The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
      The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers

    The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.

    Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister's time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

    Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government's commitment to establish regional cancer centres.

    Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.

    AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.

    The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.

    She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.

    She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.

    “In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.

    She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.

    “This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.

    Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.

    The ICU's plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

  •   The Employment Amendment Bill 2022 which seeks to among other things regulate the employment of casual workers has been reintroduced for First Reading The bill was introduced by Br Margaret Rwabushaija IND Workers during the plenary session on Wednesday September 21 2022 According to the bill the current Employment Law only defines an occasional employee but does not legislate nor does it make provisions for the employment of casual employees The bill therefore seeks to convert temporary employment into long term employment establishing that a person may not be employed as a casual worker for a period exceeding four months The casual worker hired continuously for four months will have the right to a written contract and will cease to be a casual worker and all the rights and benefits enjoyed by other workers will be applicable to him reads part of the bill The bill also seeks to regulate the employment of Ugandans abroad by directing the responsible minister to prescribe the minimum employment standards applicable to persons hired to work abroad Minimum employment standards under the bill include job description hours of work guaranteed wages and emoluments and workers compensation benefits and protection against war risks among others The Bill states that the Employment Recruitment of Migrant Workers Regulations 2005 do not provide provisions of principle on the recruitment and placement of Ugandan migrant workers to work abroad It explains that the lack of comprehensive provisions regulating the recruitment and employment of migrant workers has resulted in reports of migrant workers from Uganda ending up in conditions indicative of human trafficking limited supervision and protection and at worst being they lose their lives In addition to that the bill seeks to regulate the employment of migrant workers in Uganda arguing that the current Employment Act only prohibits the illicit movements of migrant workers in and out of the country The proposed law requires an employer to ensure that the migrant worker has a valid work permit as well as to maintain a record of all migrant workers employed in the workplace A person who violates this section commits an offense and is subject to a fine not to exceed two hundred monetary points or a term of imprisonment not to exceed three years or both the bill read in part The proposed law is also intended to require employers to establish reasonable lactation stations for nursing mothers in the workplace Upon the expiration of an employee s maternity leave the employer shall grant the nursing employee a thirty minute daily break to breastfeed for every two hours of continuous work or a reduction in contractual daily work hours for sixty days additional skills the bill says in part The bill argues that although article 40 4 of the Constitution establishes the protection of all female workers during pregnancy and after childbirth the current Employment Law does not contain a comprehensive and explicit provision that promotes the rights of mothers infants Vice President Thomas Tayebwa referred the bill to the Committee on Gender Labor and Social Development The Private Partner Law Project drawn up by the Workers Deputy Hon Agnes Kunihira was approved for the first time in the 10th Parliament It was one of several bills that expired according to Rule 235 1 of the Regulations The provision states that a bill petition or other matter or a committee expires with the mandate of Parliament
    Occasional workers contemplated in the new Employment Law
      The Employment Amendment Bill 2022 which seeks to among other things regulate the employment of casual workers has been reintroduced for First Reading The bill was introduced by Br Margaret Rwabushaija IND Workers during the plenary session on Wednesday September 21 2022 According to the bill the current Employment Law only defines an occasional employee but does not legislate nor does it make provisions for the employment of casual employees The bill therefore seeks to convert temporary employment into long term employment establishing that a person may not be employed as a casual worker for a period exceeding four months The casual worker hired continuously for four months will have the right to a written contract and will cease to be a casual worker and all the rights and benefits enjoyed by other workers will be applicable to him reads part of the bill The bill also seeks to regulate the employment of Ugandans abroad by directing the responsible minister to prescribe the minimum employment standards applicable to persons hired to work abroad Minimum employment standards under the bill include job description hours of work guaranteed wages and emoluments and workers compensation benefits and protection against war risks among others The Bill states that the Employment Recruitment of Migrant Workers Regulations 2005 do not provide provisions of principle on the recruitment and placement of Ugandan migrant workers to work abroad It explains that the lack of comprehensive provisions regulating the recruitment and employment of migrant workers has resulted in reports of migrant workers from Uganda ending up in conditions indicative of human trafficking limited supervision and protection and at worst being they lose their lives In addition to that the bill seeks to regulate the employment of migrant workers in Uganda arguing that the current Employment Act only prohibits the illicit movements of migrant workers in and out of the country The proposed law requires an employer to ensure that the migrant worker has a valid work permit as well as to maintain a record of all migrant workers employed in the workplace A person who violates this section commits an offense and is subject to a fine not to exceed two hundred monetary points or a term of imprisonment not to exceed three years or both the bill read in part The proposed law is also intended to require employers to establish reasonable lactation stations for nursing mothers in the workplace Upon the expiration of an employee s maternity leave the employer shall grant the nursing employee a thirty minute daily break to breastfeed for every two hours of continuous work or a reduction in contractual daily work hours for sixty days additional skills the bill says in part The bill argues that although article 40 4 of the Constitution establishes the protection of all female workers during pregnancy and after childbirth the current Employment Law does not contain a comprehensive and explicit provision that promotes the rights of mothers infants Vice President Thomas Tayebwa referred the bill to the Committee on Gender Labor and Social Development The Private Partner Law Project drawn up by the Workers Deputy Hon Agnes Kunihira was approved for the first time in the 10th Parliament It was one of several bills that expired according to Rule 235 1 of the Regulations The provision states that a bill petition or other matter or a committee expires with the mandate of Parliament
    Occasional workers contemplated in the new Employment Law
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Occasional workers contemplated in the new Employment Law

    The Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2022 which seeks to, among other things, regulate the employment of casual workers, has been reintroduced for First Reading.

    The bill was introduced by Br. Margaret Rwabushaija (IND., Workers) during the plenary session on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

    According to the bill, the current Employment Law only defines an occasional employee but does not legislate nor does it make provisions for the employment of casual employees.

    The bill, therefore, seeks to convert temporary employment into long-term employment, establishing that a person may not be employed as a casual worker for a period exceeding four months.

    “The casual worker hired continuously for four months will have the right to a written contract and will cease to be a casual worker and all the rights and benefits enjoyed by other workers will be applicable to him,” reads part of the bill.

    The bill also seeks to regulate the employment of Ugandans abroad by directing the responsible minister to prescribe the minimum employment standards applicable to persons hired to work abroad.

    Minimum employment standards under the bill include job description, hours of work, guaranteed wages and emoluments and workers' compensation benefits, and protection against war risks, among others.

    The Bill states that the Employment (Recruitment of Migrant Workers) Regulations 2005 do not provide provisions of principle on the recruitment and placement of Ugandan migrant workers to work abroad.

    It explains that the lack of comprehensive provisions regulating the recruitment and employment of migrant workers has resulted in reports of migrant workers from Uganda ending up in conditions indicative of human trafficking, limited supervision and protection, and, at worst, being they lose their lives.

    In addition to that, the bill seeks to regulate the employment of migrant workers in Uganda, arguing that the current Employment Act only prohibits the illicit movements of migrant workers in and out of the country.

    The proposed law requires an employer to ensure that the migrant worker has a valid work permit, as well as to maintain a record of all migrant workers employed in the workplace.

    “A person who violates this section commits an offense and is subject to a fine not to exceed two hundred monetary points or a term of imprisonment not to exceed three years, or both,” the bill read in part.

    The proposed law is also intended to require employers to establish reasonable lactation stations for nursing mothers in the workplace.

    “Upon the expiration of an employee's maternity leave, the employer shall grant the nursing employee a thirty-minute daily break to breastfeed for every two hours of continuous work, or a reduction in contractual daily work hours for sixty days.

    additional skills.

    ”, the bill says in part.

    The bill argues that although article 40 (4) of the Constitution establishes the protection of all female workers during pregnancy and after childbirth, the current Employment Law does not contain a comprehensive and explicit provision that promotes the rights of mothers.

    infants.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa referred the bill to the Committee on Gender, Labor and Social Development.

    The Private Partner Law Project, drawn up by the Workers' Deputy, Hon. Agnes Kunihira, was approved for the first time in the 10th Parliament.

    It was one of several bills that expired, according to Rule 235(1) of the Regulations.

    The provision states that a bill, petition or other matter or a committee expires with the mandate of Parliament.

  •   The Public Accounts Committee PAC of Parliament the Central Government has recommended a forensic audit at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development MoFPED on the release of surplus funds to health facilities This was stated in the committee s report in the report of the Auditor General of the health sector for the financial year 2020 2021 that was presented during the plenary session on Tuesday September 20 2022 The president of the committee Hon Medard Sseggona cited the Lira Regional Referral Hospital case in which he said the hospital submitted tip estimates of Shs138 204 004 but MoFPED sent Shs638 938 448 Similarly Mubende hospital reported an unspent balance of 2 15 billion shs attributing it to MoFPED s allocation of pension funds and gratuities in excess of ballot requirements Sseggona said He said sending funds above what health facilities require is to blame for insufficient absorption by most health facilities The committee notes that remitting more funds than required by the entity not only distorts budget planning but also deprives other deserving entities that fail to implement their plans as a result of inadequate funding Sseggona said The committee also criticized MoFPED for delaying the release of funds for the construction of 150 housing units for staff at Mulago Hospital This forced beneficiaries to alternative accommodation at commercial market prices which is costly and inconvenient affecting service delivery the report reads According to the Auditor General construction of the housing units was expected to start in June 2020 and be completed in June 2023 at a cost of Shs30 billion The accountant informed the committee that the delay was due to the inability of the government to provide funds for the project within the contractual time and that the funds have since been provided Sseggona said The committee recommended that management follow up with the contractor to ensure work is expedited as funds have been budgeted The committee further called for the expansion of the Kawempe National Referral Hospital to address the challenge of congestion The government must find money to acquire land next to the Kawempe National Referral Hospital through compulsory acquisition for facility expansion as a way to combat congestion that has the risk of spreading communicable diseases and also affects service delivery Sseggon said Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who adjourned discussion of the report until Tuesday September 27 2022 urged the Health Committee to review the report as it focuses on the health sector
    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament recommends an audit of the Ministry of Finance on health funds
      The Public Accounts Committee PAC of Parliament the Central Government has recommended a forensic audit at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development MoFPED on the release of surplus funds to health facilities This was stated in the committee s report in the report of the Auditor General of the health sector for the financial year 2020 2021 that was presented during the plenary session on Tuesday September 20 2022 The president of the committee Hon Medard Sseggona cited the Lira Regional Referral Hospital case in which he said the hospital submitted tip estimates of Shs138 204 004 but MoFPED sent Shs638 938 448 Similarly Mubende hospital reported an unspent balance of 2 15 billion shs attributing it to MoFPED s allocation of pension funds and gratuities in excess of ballot requirements Sseggona said He said sending funds above what health facilities require is to blame for insufficient absorption by most health facilities The committee notes that remitting more funds than required by the entity not only distorts budget planning but also deprives other deserving entities that fail to implement their plans as a result of inadequate funding Sseggona said The committee also criticized MoFPED for delaying the release of funds for the construction of 150 housing units for staff at Mulago Hospital This forced beneficiaries to alternative accommodation at commercial market prices which is costly and inconvenient affecting service delivery the report reads According to the Auditor General construction of the housing units was expected to start in June 2020 and be completed in June 2023 at a cost of Shs30 billion The accountant informed the committee that the delay was due to the inability of the government to provide funds for the project within the contractual time and that the funds have since been provided Sseggona said The committee recommended that management follow up with the contractor to ensure work is expedited as funds have been budgeted The committee further called for the expansion of the Kawempe National Referral Hospital to address the challenge of congestion The government must find money to acquire land next to the Kawempe National Referral Hospital through compulsory acquisition for facility expansion as a way to combat congestion that has the risk of spreading communicable diseases and also affects service delivery Sseggon said Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who adjourned discussion of the report until Tuesday September 27 2022 urged the Health Committee to review the report as it focuses on the health sector
    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament recommends an audit of the Ministry of Finance on health funds
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament recommends an audit of the Ministry of Finance on health funds

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, the Central Government, has recommended a forensic audit at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) on the release of surplus funds to health facilities.

    This was stated in the committee's report in the report of the Auditor General of the health sector for the financial year 2020/2021 that was presented during the plenary session on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

    The president of the committee, Hon. Medard Sseggona, cited the Lira Regional Referral Hospital case in which he said the hospital submitted tip estimates of Shs138,204,004 but MoFPED sent Shs638,938,448.

    “Similarly, Mubende hospital reported an unspent balance of 2.15 billion shs, attributing it to MoFPED's allocation of pension funds and gratuities in excess of ballot requirements,” Sseggona said.

    He said sending funds above what health facilities require is to blame for insufficient absorption by most health facilities.

    “The committee notes that remitting more funds than required by the entity not only distorts budget planning, but also deprives other deserving entities that fail to implement their plans as a result of inadequate funding,” Sseggona said.

    The committee also criticized MoFPED for delaying the release of funds for the construction of 150 housing units for staff at Mulago Hospital.

    “This forced beneficiaries to alternative accommodation at commercial market prices, which is costly and inconvenient, affecting service delivery,” the report reads.

    According to the Auditor General, construction of the housing units was expected to start in June 2020 and be completed in June 2023, at a cost of Shs30 billion.

    “The accountant informed the committee that the delay was due to the inability of the government to provide funds for the project within the contractual time and that the funds have since been provided,” Sseggona said.

    The committee recommended that management follow up with the contractor to ensure work is expedited as funds have been budgeted.

    The committee further called for the expansion of the Kawempe National Referral Hospital, to address the challenge of congestion.

    “The government must find money to acquire land next to the Kawempe National Referral Hospital through compulsory acquisition for facility expansion as a way to combat congestion that has the risk of spreading communicable diseases and also affects service delivery” Sseggon said.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, who adjourned discussion of the report until Tuesday, September 27, 2022, urged the Health Committee to review the report as it focuses on the health sector.

  •   The Minister of State for Health General Functions Hon Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district Kawooya was on Tuesday September 20 2022 delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease EVD outbreak in Mubende located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala According to the Ministry of Health on September 19 2022 the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial She said this is the second strain of Ebola Sudan in Uganda with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics including an isolation tent EVD kits and other essential supplies she said AUDIO Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing including contact tracing of confirmed cases screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts Additionally the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub counties the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola Hon Pascal Mbabazi Buwekula County MP said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease He revealed that while the minister has presented a death in Mubende the cases are more I was expecting in the minister s report a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike Furthermore he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness he said He said that leaders should also be involved in the process AUDIO Bro Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County Hon John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola Hon Flavia Kalule the MP for Kassanda called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda stating that people are very concerned Kitgum MP Hon Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance If Ebola spreads across the country how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID 19 she asked Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry
    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district
      The Minister of State for Health General Functions Hon Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district Kawooya was on Tuesday September 20 2022 delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease EVD outbreak in Mubende located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala According to the Ministry of Health on September 19 2022 the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial She said this is the second strain of Ebola Sudan in Uganda with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012 Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics including an isolation tent EVD kits and other essential supplies she said AUDIO Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing including contact tracing of confirmed cases screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts Additionally the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub counties the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola Hon Pascal Mbabazi Buwekula County MP said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease He revealed that while the minister has presented a death in Mubende the cases are more I was expecting in the minister s report a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike Furthermore he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness he said He said that leaders should also be involved in the process AUDIO Bro Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County Hon John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala Dr Charles Ayume chairman of the Health Committee acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola Hon Flavia Kalule the MP for Kassanda called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda stating that people are very concerned Kitgum MP Hon Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance If Ebola spreads across the country how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID 19 she asked Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry
    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district
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    Government calls for vigilance as Ebola settles in Mubende district

    The Minister of State for Health (General Functions), Hon. Anifa Kawooya has called on compatriots to remain vigilant following the Ebola outbreak in Mubende district.

    Kawooya was on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, delivering a statement to Parliament on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Mubende, located about 150 kilometers west of the capital Kampala.

    According to the Ministry of Health, on September 19, 2022, the confirmed Ebola index case died at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and the body is still kept separate from the others and awaiting a decent burial.

    She said this is the second strain of Ebola-Sudan in Uganda, with the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012.

    Kawooya told the House that more information about the possible source of infection and contacts of the confirmed case.

    She said that the Ministry of Health has strengthened its efforts to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus within the country by dispatching the National Rapid Response Team to support the District Rapid Response Team in responding to the outbreak.

    "The team has been outfitted with a considerable amount of logistics, including an isolation tent, EVD kits and other essential supplies," she said.

    AUDIO: Minister Anifa Kawooya Surveillance and contact tracing, including contact tracing of confirmed cases, screening of travelers at designated and undesignated points of entry, and active case finding within communities and health are other measures that are being used.

    She also said that the line listing of all possible contacts with the deceased index case has started in Mubende and Kiboga districts.

    Additionally, the Ministry of Health will intensify risk communication and community engagement to increase awareness of the disease among communities.

    Regarding the mysterious deaths of six people in Madudu and Kiruma sub-counties, the minister said they could confirm whether they were due to Ebola.

    Kawooya called on Ugandans to remain calm but to be very vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola signs and symptoms.

    She said that she is confident that the Health Ministry and its partners will contain the outbreak.

    Members of parliament raised concerns about the porous borders and gold mines in Mubende and the risk of the spread of Ebola.

    Hon. Pascal Mbabazi, Buwekula County MP, said gold mine workers in his area are at risk of contracting the disease.

    He revealed that while the minister has presented a death, in Mubende, the cases are more.

    “I was expecting in the minister's report, a statement that ambulances have been set up in case cases spike.

    Furthermore, he expected the Minister to talk about Ebola awareness,” he said.

    He said that leaders should also be involved in the process.

    AUDIO: Bro. Pascal Mbabazi Deputy of Bufumbira County, Hon. John Kamara said that the Kisoro district is on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and they are currently receiving many refugees.

    He called on the ministry to set up a camp in Mubende and not operate from Kampala.

    Dr. Charles Ayume, chairman of the Health Committee, acknowledged that the mines are the habitat of bats and that the Ministry of Health should consider the Mubende mines as a risk area for the spread of Ebola.

    Hon. Flavia Kalule, the MP for Kassanda, called on the government to raise the alert level in all areas surrounding Mubende like Kassanda, stating that people are very concerned.

    Kitgum MP, Hon. Lilian Aber called on the Ministry of Health to control the movement and intensify surveillance.

    “If Ebola spreads across the country, how prepared are we because this is worse than COVID-19?” she asked.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa asked the Ministry of Health to regularly update Parliament on the management of Ebola and interested the health committee in working with the ministry.

  •   The Workshop Leaders of Parliament s committees have completed a two day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel Entebbe the workshop was attended by committee chairs regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National NRM executives under the motto Spanking for effective coordination Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature said that committees they need constant training to perfect their roles Most of Parliament s work is done in committees Therefore the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness efficiency and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House Tayebwa said The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods On the functions of committee and regional whips the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature Therefore I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament he said Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua called for a collective and open door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest especially those matters in committee he said Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi who was one of the facilitators emphasized the committees role in conducting post legislative scrutiny Post legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities he said The Minister of Local Government Bro Raphael Magyezi who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model PDM admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs the minister said adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested On the economic side the Permanent Secretary Secretary of the Treasury Ramathan Ggoobi advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances We need to make the budget more transformative redistributive and less accommodating We need to reduce non core budgets to restore fiscal discipline If we don t end non core budgets we re not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget Ggoobi said The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework When a priority cannot obtain resources it ceases to be a priority It has to wait until the next fiscal year Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs For his part the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister s Office the Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba spoke emphatically to the committee s leadership about the need to build consensus saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together to create their common future Reacting to her MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally H E said Emmanuel Otaala president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee In his welcoming remarks Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees
    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny
      The Workshop Leaders of Parliament s committees have completed a two day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel Entebbe the workshop was attended by committee chairs regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National NRM executives under the motto Spanking for effective coordination Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature said that committees they need constant training to perfect their roles Most of Parliament s work is done in committees Therefore the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness efficiency and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House Tayebwa said The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods On the functions of committee and regional whips the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature Therefore I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament he said Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua called for a collective and open door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest especially those matters in committee he said Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi who was one of the facilitators emphasized the committees role in conducting post legislative scrutiny Post legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities he said The Minister of Local Government Bro Raphael Magyezi who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model PDM admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs the minister said adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested On the economic side the Permanent Secretary Secretary of the Treasury Ramathan Ggoobi advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances We need to make the budget more transformative redistributive and less accommodating We need to reduce non core budgets to restore fiscal discipline If we don t end non core budgets we re not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget Ggoobi said The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework When a priority cannot obtain resources it ceases to be a priority It has to wait until the next fiscal year Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs For his part the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister s Office the Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba spoke emphatically to the committee s leadership about the need to build consensus saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together to create their common future Reacting to her MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally H E said Emmanuel Otaala president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee In his welcoming remarks Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees
    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny
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    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny

    The Workshop Leaders of Parliament's committees have completed a two-day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles.

    Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe, the workshop was attended by committee chairs, regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National (NRM).

    executives under the motto: "Spanking for effective coordination".

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature, said that [committees] they need constant training to perfect their roles.

    “Most of Parliament's work is done in committees.

    Therefore, the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people-centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House,” Tayebwa said.

    The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time, while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview.

    He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods.

    On the functions of committee and regional whips, the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature.

    “Therefore, I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament,” he said.

    Whip Prime Minister Hon. Hamson Obua called for a collective and open-door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs.

    He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision-making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).

    “I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest, especially those matters in committee,” he said.

    Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi, who was one of the facilitators, emphasized the committees' role in conducting post-legislative scrutiny.

    “Post-legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well-being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities,” he said.

    The Minister of Local Government, Bro. Raphael Magyezi, who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model (PDM) admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released.

    “Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts, but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs,” the minister said, adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested.

    .

    On the economic side, the Permanent Secretary/Secretary of the Treasury, Ramathan Ggoobi, advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances.

    “We need to make the budget more transformative, redistributive and less accommodating.

    We need to reduce non-core budgets to restore fiscal discipline...

    If we don't end non-core budgets, we're not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget,” Ggoobi said.

    The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget.

    Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets.

    “We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework.

    When a priority cannot obtain resources, it ceases to be a priority.

    It has to wait until the next fiscal year,” Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs. For his part, the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister's Office, the Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, spoke emphatically to the committee's leadership about the need to build consensus, saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes.

    that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together, to create their common future.

    Reacting to her, MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House, they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances.

    “We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions… the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally”, H.E. said Emmanuel Otaala, president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

    In his welcoming remarks, Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees.

  •   The Minister of State for Land Housing and Urbanism Housing Hon Persis Namuganza asked the committee investigating her to present evidence to show that she undermined Parliament On Tuesday September 13 2022 the minister appeared before the Committee on Rules Privileges and Discipline following a directive from Vice President Thomas Tayebwa that she be investigated for allegedly questioning the integrity of the House The matter arose from a report by the Nakawa Naguru Land Cession Adhoc committee that was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza be stepped aside for falsifying a presidential directive that saw the Ugandan Land Commission allocate such land to a section of investors When she appeared before the ad hoc committee Namuganza reportedly questioned the treatment of investors and people appearing before parliamentary committees comparing it to a torture chamber When we meet with the president sometimes he gives verbal instructions But when you come to the committee and deliver the instructions they accuse you of making them up without further investigation This is very unfortunate Namuganza said However lawmakers accused her of ridiculing Parliament and her leadership over the findings As she stood before the rules committee alongside her lawyer Norman Pande Namuganza said that she had nothing to say about the accusations made against her in the House of Parliament as they have no evidence Honorable Abdu Katuntu the chairman of the committee said there is no evidence to provide to the minister or her lawyers as the evidence will be presented during the investigation This is after Namuganza insisted that evidence against her be presented first What evidence does it require of us before we receive it We are here to investigate The evidence that we are going to hear is later we have not heard any evidence before the committee she said Committee Vice Chairman Fr Charles Onen also told Namuganza that the only evidence before the committee is the Hansard capturing Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwany Tororo Women MP Sarah Opendi and other MPs reporting that the Minister had questioned the integrity of Parliament in different statements captured by the media However Namuganza insisted that she could not give any response to the parliamentarians claims as there is no evidence Atkins Katusabe the MP for Bukonzo West proposed that the committee be able to continue its investigations into the matter noting that the minister s captured response should be a denial of the allegations The vice president ordered the minister to appear on Wednesday September 14 2022 together with the witnesses who had raised the matter in plenary session of Parliament
    Minister Namuganza refutes lack of respect for Parliament
      The Minister of State for Land Housing and Urbanism Housing Hon Persis Namuganza asked the committee investigating her to present evidence to show that she undermined Parliament On Tuesday September 13 2022 the minister appeared before the Committee on Rules Privileges and Discipline following a directive from Vice President Thomas Tayebwa that she be investigated for allegedly questioning the integrity of the House The matter arose from a report by the Nakawa Naguru Land Cession Adhoc committee that was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza be stepped aside for falsifying a presidential directive that saw the Ugandan Land Commission allocate such land to a section of investors When she appeared before the ad hoc committee Namuganza reportedly questioned the treatment of investors and people appearing before parliamentary committees comparing it to a torture chamber When we meet with the president sometimes he gives verbal instructions But when you come to the committee and deliver the instructions they accuse you of making them up without further investigation This is very unfortunate Namuganza said However lawmakers accused her of ridiculing Parliament and her leadership over the findings As she stood before the rules committee alongside her lawyer Norman Pande Namuganza said that she had nothing to say about the accusations made against her in the House of Parliament as they have no evidence Honorable Abdu Katuntu the chairman of the committee said there is no evidence to provide to the minister or her lawyers as the evidence will be presented during the investigation This is after Namuganza insisted that evidence against her be presented first What evidence does it require of us before we receive it We are here to investigate The evidence that we are going to hear is later we have not heard any evidence before the committee she said Committee Vice Chairman Fr Charles Onen also told Namuganza that the only evidence before the committee is the Hansard capturing Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwany Tororo Women MP Sarah Opendi and other MPs reporting that the Minister had questioned the integrity of Parliament in different statements captured by the media However Namuganza insisted that she could not give any response to the parliamentarians claims as there is no evidence Atkins Katusabe the MP for Bukonzo West proposed that the committee be able to continue its investigations into the matter noting that the minister s captured response should be a denial of the allegations The vice president ordered the minister to appear on Wednesday September 14 2022 together with the witnesses who had raised the matter in plenary session of Parliament
    Minister Namuganza refutes lack of respect for Parliament
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    Minister Namuganza refutes lack of respect for Parliament

    The Minister of State for Land, Housing and Urbanism (Housing), Hon. Persis Namuganza, asked the committee investigating her to present evidence to show that she undermined Parliament.

    On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the minister appeared before the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline following a directive from Vice President Thomas Tayebwa that she be investigated for allegedly questioning the integrity of the House.

    The matter arose from a report by the Nakawa-Naguru Land Cession Adhoc committee that was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18, 2022.

    The committee, in its report, recommended that Namuganza be stepped aside for falsifying a presidential directive that saw the Ugandan Land Commission allocate such land to a section of investors.

    When she appeared before the ad hoc committee, Namuganza reportedly questioned the treatment of investors and people appearing before parliamentary committees, comparing it to a torture chamber.

    "When we meet with the president, sometimes he gives verbal instructions.

    But when you come to the committee and deliver the instructions, they accuse you of making them up without further investigation.

    This is very unfortunate," Namuganza said.

    However, lawmakers accused her of ridiculing Parliament and her leadership over the findings.

    As she stood before the rules committee alongside her lawyer, Norman Pande, Namuganza said that she had nothing to say about the accusations made against her in the House of Parliament as they have no evidence.

    Honorable Abdu Katuntu, the chairman of the committee, said there is no evidence to provide to the minister or her lawyers, as the evidence will be presented during the investigation.

    This is after Namuganza insisted that evidence against her be presented first.

    “What evidence does it require of us before we receive it?

    We are here to investigate.

    The evidence that we are going to hear is later: we have not heard any evidence before the committee,” she said.

    Committee Vice Chairman Fr. Charles Onen also told Namuganza that the only evidence before the committee is the Hansard capturing Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwany, Tororo Women MP Sarah Opendi and other MPs reporting that the Minister had questioned the integrity of Parliament in different statements captured by the media.

    .

    However, Namuganza insisted that she could not give any response to the parliamentarians' claims as there is no evidence.

    Atkins Katusabe, the MP for Bukonzo West proposed that the committee be able to continue its investigations into the matter, noting that the minister's captured response should be a denial of the allegations.

    The vice president ordered the minister to appear on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, together with the witnesses who had raised the matter in plenary session of Parliament.

  •   Vice President Thomas Tayebwa pledged to champion efforts to establish diaspora ties This he says will encourage Ugandans in the diaspora to invest in the country s treasury bonds Tayebwa made this pledge at the 34th Uganda North American Association UNAA Convention in San Francisco California on Saturday September 3 2022 We want you to contribute to national development through diaspora bonds who have helped governments get money from their people in the diaspora said Tayebwa He said the investment opportunities are more in Africa where the continent is getting a 30 percent return on investment compared to investing in the United States where the return on investment is as low as one percent for Ugandans Most of you who are fixing money here you can use your money to buy Ugandan treasuries because we borrow from the domestic market he said adding that you will find that your money is giving a return on investment of around 15 percent cent a year and you can t do it here The vice president assured Ugandans that the country s debt relative to Gross Domestic Product is 48 percent compared to the rest of Africa at 50 percent This means that your money is safe We allow you to bring your money in and take it out We have free zones where if you invest around US 2 million and you also get all these benefits like duty free cars Tayebwa said He added that Uganda will benefit to the growing population as more countries join the East African Community East Africa is a market of 400 million people By 2050 it is projected to be a market of 854 million people We are going to be a much bigger market where it is produced in Uganda and sold to 800 million people duty free he said Tayebwa said Parliament will discuss strategies to increase Uganda s presence in the US as a way to maximize business opportunities When you look at California alone as a state it s the fifth largest economy in the entire world but we don t have any official presence here As a government we have to go back and rethink We re going to to support Tayebwa said He also called on Ugandans to promote unity saying that working together would make it easier for them to stay in the United States They have immigration problems and then fight against themselves on yellow lines red lines to me they should love their country and focus on promoting it The moment we have a country that is loved and held in high esteem that is what we need Tayebwa said Tayebwa said the diaspora s call to vote in the general election will be considered when it is held constitutional review We are here to listen and discuss with you but more importantly to bring home your action points for implementation purposes What unites us is the fact that we do not have a second country of choice That is our convergence point Obua said Uganda s deputy chief of mission in Washington DC Ambassador Santa Laker Kinyera said insufficient budget allocation to the embassy limits them from better serving Ugandans The embassy in Washington DC covers a very wide area of accreditation This requires a better allocation of funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad Of course we appreciate what Parliament has done to improve ownership Kinyera said Kinyera also revealed that the embassy is in discussion with the Home Office to provide mobile passport processing kits to increase outreach to Ugandans outside Remittance flows to Uganda from abroad amount to 1 2 billion with 100 million coming from the US he added
    Uganda: Tayebwa to Boost Diaspora Treasury Bonds
      Vice President Thomas Tayebwa pledged to champion efforts to establish diaspora ties This he says will encourage Ugandans in the diaspora to invest in the country s treasury bonds Tayebwa made this pledge at the 34th Uganda North American Association UNAA Convention in San Francisco California on Saturday September 3 2022 We want you to contribute to national development through diaspora bonds who have helped governments get money from their people in the diaspora said Tayebwa He said the investment opportunities are more in Africa where the continent is getting a 30 percent return on investment compared to investing in the United States where the return on investment is as low as one percent for Ugandans Most of you who are fixing money here you can use your money to buy Ugandan treasuries because we borrow from the domestic market he said adding that you will find that your money is giving a return on investment of around 15 percent cent a year and you can t do it here The vice president assured Ugandans that the country s debt relative to Gross Domestic Product is 48 percent compared to the rest of Africa at 50 percent This means that your money is safe We allow you to bring your money in and take it out We have free zones where if you invest around US 2 million and you also get all these benefits like duty free cars Tayebwa said He added that Uganda will benefit to the growing population as more countries join the East African Community East Africa is a market of 400 million people By 2050 it is projected to be a market of 854 million people We are going to be a much bigger market where it is produced in Uganda and sold to 800 million people duty free he said Tayebwa said Parliament will discuss strategies to increase Uganda s presence in the US as a way to maximize business opportunities When you look at California alone as a state it s the fifth largest economy in the entire world but we don t have any official presence here As a government we have to go back and rethink We re going to to support Tayebwa said He also called on Ugandans to promote unity saying that working together would make it easier for them to stay in the United States They have immigration problems and then fight against themselves on yellow lines red lines to me they should love their country and focus on promoting it The moment we have a country that is loved and held in high esteem that is what we need Tayebwa said Tayebwa said the diaspora s call to vote in the general election will be considered when it is held constitutional review We are here to listen and discuss with you but more importantly to bring home your action points for implementation purposes What unites us is the fact that we do not have a second country of choice That is our convergence point Obua said Uganda s deputy chief of mission in Washington DC Ambassador Santa Laker Kinyera said insufficient budget allocation to the embassy limits them from better serving Ugandans The embassy in Washington DC covers a very wide area of accreditation This requires a better allocation of funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad Of course we appreciate what Parliament has done to improve ownership Kinyera said Kinyera also revealed that the embassy is in discussion with the Home Office to provide mobile passport processing kits to increase outreach to Ugandans outside Remittance flows to Uganda from abroad amount to 1 2 billion with 100 million coming from the US he added
    Uganda: Tayebwa to Boost Diaspora Treasury Bonds
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    Uganda: Tayebwa to Boost Diaspora Treasury Bonds

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa pledged to champion efforts to establish diaspora ties.

    This, he says, will encourage Ugandans in the diaspora to invest in the country's treasury bonds.

    Tayebwa made this pledge at the 34th Uganda North American Association (UNAA) Convention in San Francisco, California on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

    "We want you to contribute to national development through diaspora bonds who have helped governments get money from their people in the diaspora," said Tayebwa.

    He said the investment opportunities are more in Africa, where the continent is getting a 30 percent return on investment compared to investing in the United States, where the return on investment is as low as one percent for Ugandans.

    “Most of you who are fixing money here, you can use your money to buy Ugandan treasuries because we borrow from the domestic market,” he said, adding that “you will find that your money is giving a return on investment of around 15 percent.

    cent a year and you can't do it here.

    The vice president assured Ugandans that the country's debt relative to Gross Domestic Product is 48 percent compared to the rest of Africa at 50 percent.

    "This means that your money is safe.

    We allow you to bring your money in and take it out.

    We have free zones where if you invest around US$2 million and you also get all these benefits like duty-free cars," Tayebwa said.

    He added that Uganda will benefit to the growing population as more countries join the East African Community "East Africa is a market of 400 million people.

    By 2050, it is projected to be a market of 854 million people.

    We are going to be a much bigger market where it is produced in Uganda and sold to 800 million people, duty free," he said.

    Tayebwa said Parliament will discuss strategies to increase Uganda's presence in the US, as a way to maximize business opportunities."When you look at California alone, as a state, it's the fifth largest economy in the entire world, but we don't have any official presence here.

    As a government, we have to go back and rethink.

    We're going to to support."

    Tayebwa said.

    He also called on Ugandans to promote unity, saying that working together would make it easier for them to stay in the United States.

    “They have immigration problems and then fight against themselves on yellow lines, red lines… to me, they should love their country and focus on promoting it.

    The moment we have a country that is loved and held in high esteem, that is what we need," Tayebwa said.

    Tayebwa said the diaspora's call to vote in the general election will be considered when it is held.

    constitutional review "We are here to listen and discuss with you, but more importantly, to bring home your action points for implementation purposes.

    What unites us is the fact that we do not have a second country of choice.

    That is our convergence point," Obua said.

    Uganda's deputy chief of mission in Washington DC, Ambassador Santa Laker Kinyera, said insufficient budget allocation to the embassy limits them from better serving Ugandans.

    "The embassy in Washington DC covers a very wide area.

    of accreditation.

    This requires a better allocation of funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad.

    Of course, we appreciate what Parliament has done to improve ownership," Kinyera said.

    Kinyera also revealed that the embassy is in discussion with the Home Office to provide mobile passport processing kits to increase outreach to Ugandans outside Remittance flows to Uganda from abroad amount to $1.2 billion, with $100 million coming from the US, he added.

  •   The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has tasked Chief Minister Whip with updating the House on the progress of the government bills that are expected to come before the House of Parliament Among issued the directive during the plenary session on the morning of Tuesday August 30 2022 He noted that the government issued a legislative agenda during the State of the Union Address on June 17 2022 which contains 62 bills that are expected in the second session of the XI Parliament We need an update on how many of the 62 bills have come to this House how many are pending and the way forward We want that information she directed Between Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua has pledged to present an update to the House on the Speaker s directive at the next session In the afternoon session of the day Vice President Thomas Tayebwa noted that of the expected 62 bills proposed the government has so far tabled nine which have already been considered and passed by the House and are now awaiting presidential approval We ve consumed the bills you brought in and now we need more business from the government he said Tayebwa also urged members of parliament to always consult the attorney general when considering bringing private members bills to the House The Attorney General s Office has a whole unit that has the capacity to comb through all the other laws and guide you so that you do not bring up issues that have already been dealt with in other laws said the Vice President She added You may want to introduce primary legislation that could be addressed by an amendment to an existing law and we end up having a lot of laws that go dormant We have to be careful with this In the previous session Speaker Entre issued a stern warning to legislators about the lack of plenary and committee sessions and referred to Rules 112 and 113 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament that prescribe modalities for the leave or absence of the House and committees The regulations also prescribe the corresponding sanction in case of non compliance Among told the House that his study of attendance records for both committee and House business since July 2022 showed high absenteeism from members of Parliament The money they pay us is from the town s taxes But when you re not in the constituency or the House are you representing your people We are forced to give them warning letters Among said She instructed all committee chairs to submit attendance lists to his office which will be checked against the lists of deputies who regularly attend plenary sessions He noted that these will be used to gauge attendance at committee meetings Let s take action Sorry but we have nothing to do about it We are helping them as representatives of the people because tomorrow they will have to come back to this House What will you tell people between questioned He also urged deputies to clock in and out using biometric systems every time they attend plenary sessions to account for their attendance
    Uganda: Speaker assigns government legislative agenda, warns MPs
      The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has tasked Chief Minister Whip with updating the House on the progress of the government bills that are expected to come before the House of Parliament Among issued the directive during the plenary session on the morning of Tuesday August 30 2022 He noted that the government issued a legislative agenda during the State of the Union Address on June 17 2022 which contains 62 bills that are expected in the second session of the XI Parliament We need an update on how many of the 62 bills have come to this House how many are pending and the way forward We want that information she directed Between Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua has pledged to present an update to the House on the Speaker s directive at the next session In the afternoon session of the day Vice President Thomas Tayebwa noted that of the expected 62 bills proposed the government has so far tabled nine which have already been considered and passed by the House and are now awaiting presidential approval We ve consumed the bills you brought in and now we need more business from the government he said Tayebwa also urged members of parliament to always consult the attorney general when considering bringing private members bills to the House The Attorney General s Office has a whole unit that has the capacity to comb through all the other laws and guide you so that you do not bring up issues that have already been dealt with in other laws said the Vice President She added You may want to introduce primary legislation that could be addressed by an amendment to an existing law and we end up having a lot of laws that go dormant We have to be careful with this In the previous session Speaker Entre issued a stern warning to legislators about the lack of plenary and committee sessions and referred to Rules 112 and 113 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament that prescribe modalities for the leave or absence of the House and committees The regulations also prescribe the corresponding sanction in case of non compliance Among told the House that his study of attendance records for both committee and House business since July 2022 showed high absenteeism from members of Parliament The money they pay us is from the town s taxes But when you re not in the constituency or the House are you representing your people We are forced to give them warning letters Among said She instructed all committee chairs to submit attendance lists to his office which will be checked against the lists of deputies who regularly attend plenary sessions He noted that these will be used to gauge attendance at committee meetings Let s take action Sorry but we have nothing to do about it We are helping them as representatives of the people because tomorrow they will have to come back to this House What will you tell people between questioned He also urged deputies to clock in and out using biometric systems every time they attend plenary sessions to account for their attendance
    Uganda: Speaker assigns government legislative agenda, warns MPs
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    Uganda: Speaker assigns government legislative agenda, warns MPs

    The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has tasked Chief Minister Whip with updating the House on the progress of the government bills that are expected to come before the House of Parliament.

    Among issued the directive during the plenary session on the morning of Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

    He noted that the government issued a legislative agenda during the State of the Union Address on June 17, 2022, which contains 62 bills that are expected in the second session of the XI Parliament.

    .

    “We need an update on how many of the 62 bills have come to this House, how many are pending, and the way forward.

    We want that information,” she directed Between.

    Whip Prime Minister Hon. Hamson Obua has pledged to present an update to the House on the Speaker's directive at the next session.

    In the afternoon session of the day, Vice President Thomas Tayebwa noted that of the expected 62 bills proposed, the government has so far tabled nine, which have already been considered and passed by the House, and are now awaiting presidential approval.

    “We've consumed the bills you brought in, and now we need more business from the government,” he said.

    Tayebwa also urged members of parliament to always consult the attorney general when considering bringing private members' bills to the House.

    "The Attorney General's Office has a whole unit that has the capacity to comb through all the other laws and guide you so that you do not bring up issues that have already been dealt with in other laws," said the Vice President.

    She added: “You may want to introduce primary legislation that could be addressed by an amendment to an existing law, and we end up having a lot of laws that go dormant.

    We have to be careful with this."

    In the previous session, Speaker Entre issued a stern warning to legislators about the lack of plenary and committee sessions and referred to Rules 112 and 113 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament that prescribe modalities for the leave or absence of the House and committees.

    The regulations also prescribe the corresponding sanction in case of non-compliance.

    Among told the House that his study of attendance records for both committee and House business since July 2022, showed high absenteeism from members of Parliament.

    “The money they pay us is from the town's taxes.

    But when you're not in the constituency or the House, are you representing your people?

    We are forced to give them warning letters,” Among said.

    She instructed all committee chairs to submit attendance lists to his office, which will be checked against the lists of deputies who regularly attend plenary sessions.

    He noted that these will be used to gauge attendance at committee meetings.

    “Let's take action!

    Sorry, but we have nothing to do about it.

    We are helping them as representatives of the people, because tomorrow they will have to come back to this House.

    What will you tell people?

    between questioned.

    He also urged deputies to clock in and out using biometric systems every time they attend plenary sessions, to account for their attendance.