Category Archives: Parliament

Just In: Maracha County MP Oguzu Lee joins deputy speakership race

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The Maracha county Member of Parliament Denis Lee Oguzu has joined the race for the deputy speaker of the 11th parliament.

Oguzu announced his bid on Wednesday evening while addressing members of the West Nile press in Arua city.

He said there is an urgent need to reform the office of the deputy speaker thus he has offered himself to bring sanity to an office. “We might not have been in that parliament long enough, but we have been around too long to know what has become of that office,” said Oguzu.

Gov’t plans law merger, agencies disbandment

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The government has proposed to have an omnibus law that will facilitate the merger and disbandment of agencies created by Acts of Parliament and those that are constitutional.

This is carried in a statement by the Minister of State for Public Service, David Karubanga presented on the floor of parliament regarding the modalities for effecting the mergers of selected government agencies, yet most of them are established by Acts of Parliament.

The Cabinet on February 22 approved recommendations for the rationalization of government Agencies, Commissions, Authorities, public expenditure and a road map for the implementation process over two years to facilitate efficient and effective service delivery.

Gross Implications awaits NRM Government if Rt Hon Kadaga does not come back as a Speaker of Parliament

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Well as the entire country is preparing for the swearing in of the new head of State H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, his Cabinet Ministers and others.
Equally Ugandans are also eagerly waiting to see who the new Speaker of Parliament will be for 2021-2026 term of service.
Information with in streets indicate that this week and the whole of the coming weeks until late may will be filled with political talks, news, pomp and glamour.

Parliament rejects heavy tax on wheat, maize brand

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Parliament on Monday declined to approve the External Trade (Amendment) Bill, 2021 under which government proposed to levy US Dollars 0.4 per kilogram of exported maize brand, wheat bran, cotton cake and different by-products of the milling industry. 

The tax proposal was rejected after the State Minister of Finance for Planning David Bahati and Parliament’s Finance Committee agreed that the levy would cause challenges in the East African Community- EAC and also lead to high prices of the products.

Parliament approves taxes on rental premises, fish maw

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Parliament on Monday approved several new tax measures including an 8 percent levy on fish maw exports, 5 percent levy and 10 percent levy on processed gold and unprocessed minerals respectively.

The House also approved a proposal for landlords to file separate returns from each rental house and this will see 25 Percent of income for owners of rental premises paid as tax leaving them with 75 percent.

The approval of the taxes was during a plenary session chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. The taxes are to come into effect on 1st July 2021 when the new financial year 2021/2022 starts.

Outgoing MPs Regret Not Getting Lessons on Life After Parliament

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Some members of Parliament who lost the 2021 elections have been told to set up businesses and projects with their pensions and gratuity.  

With their monthly pay of at least 20 Million coming to an end in May, over 300 MPs who have not made it to the 11th Parliament have been told to engage in economic enterprises and not become beggars. 

An MP gets a total gratuity pay of 108 million per year and with an average pension of 5 million monthly, for five years an MP gets at least 300 million shillings. 

End of Road : Parliament to sit daily to conclude business

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With 20 days to the dissolution of the 11th Parliament, the house will now start conducting business from Monday to Friday and morning and afternoon to complete pending business. The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga announced the development during her communication to the plenary on Tuesday.  

Apparently, the house has been sitting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00 pm. However, this will now change with the house sitting the entire week beginning in the morning.  The move is aimed at helping the house to conclude the budget, which is still being scrutinised by the Budget Committee of parliament. The Projected budget for the next financial year is 44.7 trillion shillings.

MPs to visit disputed land due for compensation

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Members of Parliament and surveyors from the Ministry of Lands have resolved to visit land that is due for compensation.

The Adhoc committee of parliament led by Kaberamaido County Woman MP Veronica Bichetero is currently investigating compensation concerning land in Ndeeba on which a Church structure was razed last year, and the other in Lusanja, Wakiso district where scores of families had been evicted by one Medard Kiconco.

Parliament Demands Update on Status of UPDF In Somalia following Clashes

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Parliament has tasked the Defense and Veterans Affairs Ministry to explain the status of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in Somalia following the renewed unrest resulting from the President’s attempts to extend his mandate. 

The unrest started after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed signed a law extending his term by two years without holding polls. Opposition fighters have taken over parts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu following clashes with Government troops.

Now Members of Parliament have raised concern about the status of Ugandan troops deployed under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM. Rising on a matter of national importance on Tuesday afternoon, Obongi County Member of Parliament, Hassan Kaps Fungaroo wondered on which side the Ugandan forces belong.

He said that both the Uganda Police and the Army are in Somalia, saying there is a need to ensure their safety and position.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga tasked the Defense Minister to make a statement on the status of UPDF in Somalia by Tuesday since the country is in chaos.  

Somalia is yet to recover from decades of war and has been characterized by terrorism, kidnaps and violent crime. The African Union Mission in Somalia is part of the process to ensure that the country recovers from decades of civil war.

Mfumukeko’s troubled reign as EAC sec general

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The immediate former Secretary-General of the East African Community, Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko hopes that he will be remembered as a man who steered the development of several infrastructure projects in the region and removal of ‘many’ non-trade barriers in the integration process.  

“From 2016 to 2021 under my tenure, the community has recorded significant achievements in implementing the four pillars of the integration process. Under the Customs Union, the EAC Single Customs Union has been consolidated and many non-tariff barriers have been resolved,” he says. 

The diplomat from Burundi, who had served as Deputy SG for Finance and Admiration handed over to Kenyan businessman and former EAC Legislative Assembly Representative, Peter Mathuki. Mfumkeko also served as an advisor to Burundi’s former president Pierre Nkurunziza as well as Director-General of Burundi’s energy and water utility, REGIDESO. 

Gov’t allocates UGX 200M to each MP for vehicle

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Government has revised downwards the budget for procurement of new vehicles for Members of the 11th Parliament by Shillings 121 million for each legislator.

This brings the allocation to Shillings 200 million from the initially requested 321 million per MP by the Parliamentary Commission as per the financial year 2021/2022 Budget Framework Paper.

The change is comprised in the 3.48 trillion additional budget that the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija today presented before Parliament’s Budget Committee. This additional budget increases the proposed National Budget from 41.29 trillion initially presented by the Minister last week to 44.77 trillion.

Gov’t Introduces UGX100 Tax on Fuel Instead of Car License

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Government has abandoned the proposal to impose a 200,000 shillings license on vehicles and instead introduced a 100 shillings tax per litre of fuel to raise revenue.

This was revealed by Finance Minister in charge of planning David Bahati who was appearing before the Finance committee chaired by Henry Musasizi.

Government had introduced the proposal including a 50,000 shillings annual license fee for motorbikes under Traffic and Road Safety Amendment bill 2021.

NUP Mp elect defends self over allegations of no academic papers

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The Busiro North MP Elect Paul Nsubuga has defended himself on allegations of identity theft.

Edgar Lubadde, a candidate who came last in the Busiro County North parliamentary race asked the court to declare him the winner of the January 14 election.  Lubadde who scored only 199 votes challenged the election of Nsubuga who scored 21,401 votes on the ground that he lacked the requisite academic qualifications to contest as a Member of Parliament as required by law, at the time of his nomination.

The law requires that all persons contesting for a parliamentary seat should be in possession of an A’ ’level certificate or its equivalent. However, Lubadde says that in the absence of the qualification, Nsubuga presented to the Electoral Commission academic documents that did not belong to him, but another person.