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Here is what happened in the Parliamentary plenary proceedings of Thursday July 22 2021

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anita Among (PHOTO /Courtesy)

1. The Sitting, presided over by the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Among Anita Annet commenced at 2:19 pm.

2. In her Communication, the Speaker;
a) Notified Members of;

i) A meeting of the Verification Committee that was set up on Wednesday 21st July 2021 to vet the suitability of candidates seeking to fill the vacancy in Uganda’s representation to the East African legislative Assembly (EALA), slated for Friday 23rd July 2021 at 10:00am in the Members’ Lounge.

She guided that the Committee would report to the House on Monday 26th July 2021.

ii) A Sitting of the House on Monday 26th July 2021 starting 10:00hrs, for a by-election to fill the existent vacancy in Uganda’s representation to the East African Legislative Assembly.

b) Guided that in respect of Prime Minister’s Time, Members should adhere to Rule 41 of the Rules of Procedure.

3. The following Urgent Questions that were raised on 14th July 2021 were responded to:

a) The Minister for Security, Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Jim Katugugu Muhwezi responded to:
iii) The rampant livestock raids by the Karamojong in areas of Katakwi bordering the Karamoja sub-region, raised by Hon. Koluo Joseph Andrew; Toroma County.

iv) Torture and rampant human rights abuses by state organs Hon. Kiwanuka Abdallah, Mukono North.

The Minister informed the House that he was due to meet with the Member to gather more information on the matter to enable more decisive action.

In response to an inquiry by the Chief Opposition Whip, Hon. Nambeshe John Baptist regarding the reported armed attacks on a military facility in Zombo District; the Speaker directed that the Minister for Security respond to it on Thursday 29th July 2021.

b) The Speaker truncated the response of the Minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Martin Mugarra Bahinduka to the following questions and guided the Minister conducts a fact-finding visit to the affected areas and report back on Thursday 29th July 2021.

i) Invasion of areas of Kyankende and Nyamahasa Sub Counties by marauding wildlife and the attendant destruction of livelihoods, (Hon. Ngompek Linos, MP Kibanda North)

ii) Fatal attacks by crocodiles on inhabitants of lake shores and islands, Namayingo District, (Hon. Wanyama Michael Odwori; MP Namayingo South)

iii) The discovery of a mysterious tunnel in Komolo village, Kokong Parish, Agirigiroi Sub County, Ngora District and the curiosity of locals in touring the tunnels and the potential hazards it poses. Plea to Government to protect the curious population and consider turning the place into a tourist attraction, (Hon. Isamat Abraham, MP Kapir County)

c) The Minister of State for Health (General Duties), Hon. Anifa Kawooya Bangirana responded to the following Urgent Questions raised by Hon. Chelangat Alinga Solomon, Too County

i) The lack of a district hospital in Bukwo District.

The Speaker granted the Minister one (1) month to present a comprehensive statement on the state of healthcare services delivery in Uganda and the attendant budgetary implications of the requisite improvements.

ii) The high cost of burial of people who die of COVID-19.

d) The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (General Duties), Hon. Henry Ariganyira Musasizi responded to the following Urgent Questions:

i) The delayed disbursement of approved budget for Masaka City; (Hon. Abed Bwanika, MP Kimaanya-Kabonera)
The Minister undertook to table in the House the detail of budgetary releases to Local Governments on Tuesday 26th July 2021.

ii) Decision by Government to tax hardship allowances of health workers (Hon. Kabanda David; MP Kasambya County)

4. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Nabbanja Robinah responded to the following Questions during the Prime Minister’s Time:
i) On the deplorable state of the Kyotera-Mutukula-Masaka road (96km); raised by Hon. Lukwago John Paul Mpalayanyi, MP Kyotera

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister undertook to update the House on actions taken to improve the condition of the road within two (2) months.

ii) On the deplorable state of roads in Buyende District especially the Kamuli-Kidera-Bukungu, Ndulya swamp, Kamuli-Iyingo and Kamuli-Irundu roads; raised by Hon. Magogo Moses Hashim, MP Budiope East.

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister undertook to update the House on actions taken to improve the state of roads in Buyende within one (1) month.

The Chief Opposition Whip, Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe, on behalf of the Leader of Opposition, made a reply to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister’s responses.

5. The Speaker adjourned the House at 4:32pm to Monday 26th July 2021 at 10:00am.

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