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We will sanction MPs who do not attend to Parliament, Kadaga warns as she discusses performance of 10th Parliament

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday updated the public on the performance of the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday morning started responses to questions raised by tweeps, she says she will prioritize the Health Insurance Bill and Electoral Reforms as the 2021 elections get into sight.

She said they will sanction MPs who do not attend to Parliament business; “the challenge is that MPs sign in and sometimes leave after that. We are working on a better mechanism to manage that,” she stressed.

Kadaga says there will be no opening of another probe on BoU, saying that would violate the Rules of Procedure as the issues touching on the management of commercial banks has been resolved already.

She says Parliament has followed up on the Wildlife Bill that was passed and thereafter assented to by the President.

“We always endeavour to work on issues that affect the public-government should bring in the necessary legislation in time.”

On plenary sittings, the speaker said she cannot do much about time, saying that “If you have more than 400 MPs in the house and you are to give each one about 10 minutes to present, that means that we could spend over a day in one plenary sitting.”

She also said that the Landlord and tenant law was presented to Parliament and that they are going to debate it today during plenary (Thur-20-June-19).

The speaker said that she cannot allow the House to pay OTT for the members.

“I told the Clerk to Parliament that the institution will not pay OTT for Members of Parliament, and there will be no further debate on the matter.”

On the case of Kampala floods, Kadaga said that on Tuesday the State Minister for Kampala presented a statement on why there are floods in Kampala. “A Committee of Parliament will go to the field to follow up on the concerns raised by the Minister a well as the feasibility of proposed recommendations.”

The speaker lauded the public for engaging on social media session and raising their concerns.

“I would like to thank the public for engaging in this social media session and for your productive input and suggestions to major issues affecting the country,” she said.

She said, “I want to assure Ugandans that we shall work together for the development of our nation.”

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