Parliament In 2013; 25 Bills Passed Into Law

At Least 25 Bills were passed into law by the ninth parliament whose third session officially closed this month indicating an increase in legislation compared to the 13 bills passed in 2012.

MPs are still undecided on the Public Order Banagement Bill

These include among others, the Anti-Homosexuality bill, 2009, and the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2009, which were passed days to the closure of the session ending years of anxiety among members of parliament and the public.

The Anti-Homosexuality law aims at strengthening Uganda’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family through criminalizing, outlawing and providing harsh jail terms for same sex relationships.

Similarly, the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2009 seeks to create the offence of pornography which is blamed for sexual crimes against women and children including rape, child molestation and incest.

With the same degree of anxiety at legislation was The Public Order Management Bill, which was passed amidst controversy under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulannya.

During the process of passing this bill four MPs were suspended from three sittings of the House for misconduct. They were Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Samuel Odonga Otto, Angeline Osegge and Theodore Sekikubo.

Also passed into law was the Higher Education Students Financing Bill, 2013, the Accountants Bill 2011, The Geographical Indications Bill, 2008, The Petroleum (Refining, Gas Processing and Conversion, Transportation and Storage) Bill, 2012, The National Council for Disability (Amendment) Bill, 2010, The Local Government (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2010, The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and The Building Control Bill 2012.

Others were the Anti-Money Laundering Bill, 2009, The National Population Council Bill, 2011, The Public Order Management Bill, 2011, The Industrial Property Bill, 2009, The East African Excise Management (Amendment) Bill, 2013, The Finance Bill, 2013, The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2013, and The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

The Excise Tariff (Amendment) Bill, 2013, the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2013, the Appropriations Bill, 2013 and the Free Zones Bill 2012, the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO Bill, 2012, the Chattels Securities Bill, 20, the Plant Variety Protection Bill, 2010 were also passed during the same session.

The results however indicate a shortfall of seven bills that ought to be passed by the parliament. A total of 32 bills had been scheduled to be considered and passed during the session.

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