What Museveni, NRM MPs discussed

On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni met with NRM MPs at state House Entebbe to discuss a raft of businesses before Parliament for which he wants the lawmakers to support his position.

Before the legislators left for Entebbe, it was highly anticipated that they were going to discuss the NRM political roadmap for 2021, and some proposed amendments to the electoral laws.

While no reforms to the electoral laws were discussed during the meeting that went on till 10pm, NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba presented to the MPs the ruling party’s 2021 political roadmap towards the end of the meeting which mainly centred on a report to Parliament by the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs on the agreement government intends to enter into with Tip Top investments.

Under the agreement, the government is giving away about five acres of land at Naguru police headquarters to Tip Top investment Company Ltd for the design, construction and equipping of the regional forensic referral centre of excellence for Eastern Africa.

It will be complete with 1,000 housing units for police officers, well equipped forensic laboratory, police headquarters and a five-star hotel.

“We agreed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Attorney General and Auditor General carry out background checks and write a due diligence report within two weeks,” NRM caucus secretary Joseph Muyomba Kasozi (Bukoto Mid-West) said.

The meeting also discussed government’s proposal to giveaway land Lubowa on the outskirts of Kampala to an Italian investor who promising to construct a cardiology hospital that will also carry out human organ transplants.

In urging the MPs to support the giveaway, Museveni said that the planned investment by the Italian investor will save the country a lot of money that is taken out the country to India for organ transplants.

KCCA ACT

The meeting also discussed a bill that seeks to amend the KCCA Act that is currently before Parliament. The State Minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanya Bugembe presented a report on the amendment bill.

The bill has stirred controversy in Parliament that some clauses had to be stayed over during debate that followed its second reading.

Among the key areas of contention is the election and responsibilities of the Lord Mayor. Some MPs hold the view that an elected Lord Mayor should have executive and political powers in full exercise of the people’s mandate while others argued that the Lord Mayor should be left with ceremonial roles since the capital city is under the direct control of the Central government.

As debate raged, Museveni advised that since the KCCA (Amendment) Bill is not an urgent one, it should be withdrawn from Parliament so that it can be reviewed.