October 27, 2021

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NUP MPs return to house after walkout

The Deputy Speaker Anitah Among (left) during a Committee of the Whole House considering the Administration of Parliament [Amendment] Bill, 2021; this is the first Bill passed by the 11th Parliament

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Deputy Speaker Anitah Among has welcomed back to the House Members of Parliament from National Unity Platform (NUP) who walked out of parliament last week protesting the re-arrest of MPs Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya.  

In her Tuesday communication, Among welcomed back NUP members saying, “We are happy [that] you are back; let us continue working for the good of our country”.

The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga thanked Among for the welcome; saying “thank you for understanding us when we took that decision [to walk out] and the members as none of them ostracized us for that decision.”

During plenary, the Minister of State for Energy, Hon. Sidronius Opolot Okasai, moved the East African Crude Oil Pipeline [EACOP][Special Provisions] Bill, 2021.

Among forwarded the Bill to the Committee on Natural Resources for consideration.

The Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Jackson Kafuuzi, presents the Succession (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which she also forwarded the Bill to the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration.

Hon. Amos Lugoloobi presented the Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which Among forwarded the Bill to the Committee on Finance for consideration.

Hon. Anthony Akol (FDC, Kilak North) presented the Administration of Parliament [Amendment] Bill, 2021, a Private Members Bill.

Hon. Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo district) moved that the House suspends the rule to send the Bill to a House Committee, such that it is immediately considered at the Second Reading.

The Administration of Parliament [Amendment] Bill, 2021 seeks to amend the Administration of Parliament Act, Cap. 257 to include the Deputy Speaker as a member of the Parliamentary Commission.

The Bill seeks to mandate the Parliamentary Commission to train Members and staff of Parliament and local government councils; to align the Act with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority Act, 2003.

The Bill also seeks to repeal the Institute of Parliamentary Studies Act, 2020.

Parliament considered the Bill at the Second Reading and passed it at the Third Reading.

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