MPs debate GMO bill, ask ban on old cars

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Oulanyah making his way to the Chamber led by the Sergeant at Arms.

Parliament resumed on Tuesday with a debate on the Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) which President Museveni refused to sign and returned to the house.

Chaired by the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the House which started by observing a moment of silence in honour of the late Archbishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, Dr James Makumbi and the father of Hon. Joy Kabatsi.

The Deputy Speaker then a letter from the President on why he returned the Biosafety Act, 2017 to Parliament for reconsideration.

“Why have drug resistant seeds in irrigated areas? Genetically modified seeds should never been mixed with our indigenous seeds,” President Museveni told Parliament.

“The labelling must be clear and failure to label GMO material must be punished severely,” Museveni explained on his refusal to sign the Biosafety Act.

Hon. Nandala Mafabi wondered why the President who is the Chairperson of Cabinet returned their own Bill to Parliament.

Relatedly, Hon. Jack Wamanga Wamai cited a need for control of gas emissions from vehicles.

“Our neighbours have banned cars that are more than five years old.”

According to Wamai, Uganda has become a dumping ground for old vehicles. “Ugandans are suffering without knowing.”

Hon. Beatrice Anywar said the taxes on used vehicles have never been given to National Environmental Management Authority [NEMA] and yet they are the ones who check on these climate excesses.

“The ministry of Finance is holding onto the money. Can we have this changed?” she said.

Oulanyah later invited members of parliament to the annual Parliament week scheduled for January 21st-25th 2018.

He mentioned key events such as the meet your MP session, ecumenical thanksgiving service and the fundraising walk.