Kadaga names, shames incompetent committees

Desirous of improving the performance of Parliament, the Speaker Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has started naming and shaming Parliament’s committees that in her assessment are slowing down the legislature’s work.

During Tuesday’s plenary session sitting, Kadaga read out the committees with a backlog of bills, some of which have been pending for more than two years.

To deal with laxity in the committees, Kadaga revealed that Parliament had developed a computer Application that will track the operations of the committees.

This, she said, would deal away with the problem of bills and petitions delaying in the committees.

“The situation is dire, and, we have developed an application which will track your work in the Committee but also inform the public, if you are late, so no more hiding when you aren’t doing our work, please take our work seriously,” Kadaga said.

According to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, once a Bill or petition is tabled in the House, it is sent to a relevant committee that is supposed to take not more than 45 days scrutinizing it.

THE COMMITTEES

The Budget Committee headed by Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi was named for failing to conclude the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017 and Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.2 of 2017

The Presidential Affairs Committee headed by Adjuman Woman MP Jesica Ababiku has failed to conclude its scrutiny of the Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

The Committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development was spent over 700 days with The Minimum Wages Bill, 2015 while the Finance Committee headed by Rubanda East MP Henry Musasizi is still stuck with The Retirement Benefits Sector Liberalization Bill, 2011 for over 732 days, The Investment Code Bill, 2017 as well as The Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, No.2 2018.

Before it was disbanded, the Trade Tourism and Industry committee hadn’t concluded The Uganda Wildlife Bill, 2017 and The Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which had been before it for about two years.

West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is yet to conclude five Bills namely, The Sexual Offences Bill, 2015, The Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal Matters)

Miscellaneous (Amendment) Bill 2015, The Security Interest in Movable Property Bill, 2018, The Administration of The Judiciary Bill, 2018 and the Human Rights Enforcement Bill 2015.

The committees on Natural Resources hasn’t concluded The National Environment Bill, 2017 while the Physical Infrastructure committee is yet to deliver The Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The ICT Committee was named for failing conclude The Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015.