Kadaga Asks Committee Chairpersons To Account

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed committee chairpersons to prepare to give an account of the work they have done since the commencement of the ninth parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga
Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga

She said that the chairpersons will on Tuesday appear before the house to account for the bills they have handled and inform the house on how many of those bills that have been enacted, how many are pending and why they are still pending.

The speaker’s announcement came in the same session where committee chairpersons complained that their work has been rendered impotent as parliament has failed to debate their reports.

The chairpersons complained after debate on two reports was postponed because the members said they had not yet read the reports.

The first debate to be postponed was the report on the biotechnology and bio safety bill which some MPs say it is important for the country and should be passed urgently but others insisted need to read the report first.

The debate on the report of the compensation of Beach side Development services was also postponed to Tuesday after Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Semujju said that the members had not yet got the copies of the report.

Public Accounts Committee vice chairman Paul Mwiru who presented the report on Tuesday said that his committee has a lot of other reports lined up and so do other committees adding that these reports are subsequently irrelevant.

PAC chairman Kassiano Wadri said that this delay renders the committees reports useless and urged that they should be put up for debate in time so that their recommendations are not in vain.
But Kadaga told Wadri to appeal to his colleagues because they are the ones who do not prepare themselves for the debate in time.

Leader of opposition Nandala Mafabi said that while the reports can be overtaken by events, it is useless to debate issues that the MPs are not prepared for as they need to debate from an informed point of view.