Anti-age limit MPs knocked off parliament committees

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Parliament on Tuesday designated several legislators to head to the different committees for the smooth running of the house.

Hon Theodore Ssekikubo, Kato Lubwama and Munyangwa Mubarak have been designated to the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs.

The Speaker chairs the Business Committee -which arranges the business of each meeting and the order in which it shall be taken; and Appointments Committee – which is responsible on behalf of Parliament for approving the appointment of persons nominated for appointment by the President under the Constitution.

The Business Committee comprises the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Leader of Govt. Business, Leader of the Opposition, Govt. Chief Whip, Chief Opposition Whip, other party whips, 2 Independent MPs, all committee chairpersons (who are ex officio members on this committee).

Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine has been designated to the Committee on Presidential Affairs.

Pader Woman MP Lowila CD Otekayot and Buvuma MP Robert Migadde dropped from the leadership of Parliament’s committee on Agriculture. Both opposed.

Mbale Woman MP Connie Nakayenze Galiwango dropped from chair of parliament Committee on Education and Sports. She is among the 27 NRM MPs that opposed age limit bill.

Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba dropped from parliament committee on Defence and Internal Affairs.

She is succeeded by Amolatar Woman MP Doreen Amule who seconded age limit bill.

The Vice President, Prime Minister or Minister do not serve on any standing or sectoral committee.

If a member serving on any Parliament committee becomes Vice President or a Minister, they cease to be a member of that committee.

Parliament Rules mandate the Speaker to ensure that at least 40 percent of the leadership of committees are women.

Functions of standing committees include to discuss and make recommendations on bills laid before the House; initiate any Bill within their area of competence; and to assess and evaluate activities of government and other bodies.

Standing committees also carry out relevant research in their respective fields; and report to Parliament on their functions.

Sectoral committees examine and comment on policy matters affecting ministries; initiate or evaluate action programmes of those ministries and sectors to make appropriate recommendations; examine bills before being considered by the House.

Sectoral committees also examine critically govt. recurrent and capital budget estimates; monitor performance of ministries/departments and ensure government compliance with approved plans and programmes.

The 10th Parliament consists 16 sectoral and 12 standing committees. Members serving on committees are designated through their Whips, on the basis of party representation in the House.

Except as provided in the respect of the Business and Budget committees, a member may not serve on more than one standing or sectoral committee.

In the exercise of their functions, committees of Parliament may call any Minister or any person holding public office and private individuals to submit memoranda or appear before them to give evidence.

Committees also possess the powers of the High Court for enforcing the attendance of witnesses and examining them on oath, affirmation or otherwise; compelling the production of documents; and issuing a commission or request to examine witnesses abroad.

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