KAMPALA – Members of Parliament representing workers have threatened to go on a hunger strike should the NSSF Bill continue to be shelved over the contentious clause on mid-term access to 20% of the workers’ savings.
The legislators led by Sam Lyomoki told journalists at Parliament on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 that President Museveni has been misled by mafia who want to misuse workers’ money.
Mr Lyomoki added that the NSSF Bill has been extensively scrutinized by different stakeholders and there is no need for further shelving it.
The report of the joint committee on the NSSF Amendment Bill, which was due for tabling before parliament, had allowed the changes to allow members to access 20% of their benefits when they have saved for at least 10 years and are 45.
But in a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the President advised them to rigorously analyze their proposals so they are based on fact, not sentiments.
Mr Museveni said more consultations have to be done on the Bill, warning that mid-term access would lead to the collapse of the Fund.
But Lyomoki said he and his colleagues will camp at parliament soon as plenary resumes after one week until the bill is discussed and passed, adding that if this fails, they will also go on hunger strike.