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Controversy over renaming parliament institute after Speaker Kadaga

By URN Parliament is divided over the proposal to name the Institute of Parliamentary Studies after the Speaker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. In a plenary session last evening chaired by Kadaga, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee advised that the bill be passed without renaming the bill, which drew controversy among legislators. On May 29th, parliament resolved to change the title of the Institute of Parliamentary Studies Bill to Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Institute of Parliamentary Studies Bill, 2019. The object of the Bill is to establish the Institute of Parliamentary Studies as a one stop specialized resource center for training and capacity development of legislators, staff of parliament, local councils and other Legislatures within the region. Eragu Veronica, the Kaberamaido County …

Sexual Offences Bill re-tabled

By Moses Kyeyune Kumi Woman MP Monicah Amoding has this afternoon presented to Parliament a new copy of the Sexual Offences Bill. The Bill includes new proposals that criminalise sexual violence and all forms of sexual harassment, including same sex relations, child pornography as well as child prostitution and cyber harassment among others. In February this year Parliament advised the bill be withdrawn and re-modeled to match the aspiration of its proponents. Moving as a Private member on the Bill, Amoding has noted however that the government denied her a certificate of financial implication. The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says however that there is no more time for the Certificate since the government had been notified in time and only failed …

MPs on the defence committee join journalists in boycotting police activities

By Damali Mukhaye Members of Parliament sitting on the defence committee have joined journalists in boycotting police activities. Police officials led by the deputy Inspector General of Police Muzeyi Sabiiti were set to meet members of this committee over various queries but most MPs had not yet turned up by 10am. Joseph Ssewungu, the Kalungu West MP said they could not sit with police officials until they refrain from beating journalists. He has asked Sabiiti to use his powers and respond to issues affecting journalists before they think of interfacing with MPs. By press time, only the committee chairperson Doreen Amule and two other MPs were waiting in the conference hall C for their colleagues in vain.

Ministry of finance has released Shs229.3 billion for Electoral Commission

By Damali Mukhaye The ministry of finance has released 5 trillion shillings for second quarter of the 2019/2020 budget. According to the expenditure of the money that has been released in second quarter, the wage bill takes the lion’s share with Shs1.1 trillion followed by the local government with shs841b while Uganda National Road Authority bags Shs436 billion respectively. While officially releasing the money, the permanent secretary of ministry of finance, Keith Muhakanizi, says that the ministry has also provided Shs229.3 billion for electoral commission to ensure timely execution of the 2020/2021 electoral road map. Other players who have benefited from the second quarter include the teachers who have been given Shs33 billion for their enhancement, National medical store and …

DP agree to hand over IPOd to FDC.

By Damali Mukhaye. The Democratic Party president Norbert Mao has finally agreed to hand over the Inter –party organization for democracy (IPOD) leaders to the opposition forum for democratic change. Whereas the Memorandum of understanding stipulates that IPOD leadership rotates every after six months among the political parties, Mao had declined to hand over to FDC until it had shown commitment of taking the leadership forward. Mao had earlier indicated that it was not right to hand over to the party that has never attended the leadership summits that have been previously organized. However, in a statement dated 20thNovember, Mao says that he held a number of fruitful meetings with the FDC top officials among other stakeholders to realign members …