Dare miss again, speaker warns ministers on absenteeism

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Rt Hon Speaker Rebecca Alitwaala Kadaga.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has cautioned ministers against absenteeism which led to suspension of parliament last week.

Kadaga prematurely adjourned the plenary sitting on Thursday, 7 November 2019 as a result of the absence of ministers to respond to issues raised by MPs.

Kadaga, visibly upset by the continued absence of ministers, expressed her displeasure with the Prime Minister and his team for failing to attend Parliament despite the advance notice given to them about the issues at hand that require their attention.

“We are not going to keep massaging and pleading with ministers to come and do what is expected of them and answer questions requiring their responses, therefore, House is adjourned until next week,” Kadaga said.

She further noted that by this act, the Executive was deliberately frustrating her work and that of the MPs even after giving them notice on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.

Today, Wednesday, Kadaga once again cautioned ministers against absenteeism and asked them not to miss tomorrow’s [Thursday] sitting where they are expected to respond to a range of queries of public concern.

She also requested members to fully participate in the East African Parliamentary games to defend the trophy as the Parliament of Uganda is the defending champion.

Issues

Gulu Municipality MP, Komakech Lyandro wants Ministry of Education to explain several instances where students countrywide have been denied exams over failure to complete fees.

Hon Kamusiime Pentagon (Butemba), says that Tobacco farmers in his constituency are stuck with tonnes of tobacco amidst poor market.

Kamusiime prays that Parliament compels Tobacco companies who entered into contracts with farmers to buy the crop.

Hon Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya) says Ministry of Health has refused renewal of Marie Stopes’ Voucher project, that assits mothers to access maternal & child health services at low cost.

He wants Parliament’s Health Committee to investigate Ministry’s decision.

State Minister for General Duties at Ministry of Health, Sarah Opendi recognizant the contribution of the voucher project in maternal health has pledged to follow up the matter and report back to Parliament on Thursday 21st November 2019.

Hon. Komakech raises on the denial of candidates to sit their exams on grounds of failure to complete school fees. He says damages the future of the country.

Hon. Silwany says Top Primary school, Iganga is one of the many schools that carry on this impunity.

Hon. Judith Akello requests the Ministry of Agriculture to set farm sale prices for cotton farmers.

Hon. Joy Kabtse, Minister of State for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry informs her that it’s not the role of the government to set prices for farmers.

Hon. Pentagon and Hon. Onzima raise on the failure of tobacco processing companies to honour the sale agreements they sign with tobacco farmers.

Members say that farmers meet the production level in the agreements but buyers take lower than the quantities agreed upon.

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