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  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

1 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.

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2 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).

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3 executives under the motto: “Spanking for effective coordination”.

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4 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.

5 “Most of Parliament’s work is done in committees.

6 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.

7 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.

8 He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods.

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

10 “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.

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

12 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).

13 “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.

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

15 “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.

16 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.

17 “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.

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19 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.

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

21 We need to reduce non-core budgets to restore fiscal discipline…

22 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.

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

24 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.

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

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

27 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.

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

29 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.

30 “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.

31 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.

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