The First Session of the 10th Parliament has come to a close.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, prorogued Parliament in accordance with Article 95(3) of the Constitution at the end of its 18th Sitting of the 3rd Meeting on Thursday 1st June 2017.
Art. 95 (3) of the Constitution says ‘The Speaker may, after consultation with the President, prorogue Parliament by proclamation.’
“Today is the last day of the First Session of the 10th Parliament. Parliament shall stand prorogued from this 1st day of June, 2017,” said Oulanyah.
The First Session of the 10th Parliament commenced following the swearing in of new MPs and the election of both the Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and the Deputy Speaker, Oulanyah in May 2016.
Parliament considered and approved over ten bills in the session including the Income Tax Amendment Bill 2016; the Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Treaty (Implementation) Bill, 2016; the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2016; and the Sale of Goods and Services Bill, 2015; and concluded several motions and committee reports.
“The business in committees and plenary is hereby saved,” said Oulanyah.
During the sitting, the Deputy Speaker called for a review of the budgeting process a day after Parliament approved a Shs 29 trillion budget for the 2017/2018 financial year, to avoid a stampede towards the deadline provided by the law.
“We need to make changes in the way we handle the budget in the new financial year. We did a lot of things at the very last minute,” said Oulanyah.
The budgeting process including deadlines for government and Parliament are provided for in the Public Finance Management Act.
Members went into a short recess, ending on Tuesday 6th June 2017, when the Second Session commences with the President’s Address on the State of the Nation.
Article 101 (1) of the Constitution provides that “the President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament, deliver to Parliament an address on the state of the nation.”
The event is slated to take place at the Kampala Serena Conference Centre.