Since the previous chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission Medi Kaggwa passed away in November last year, no replacement has been appointed, even as the Speaker of Parliament has reminded the president several times
Kadaga polled 6,776 votes against Namuganza’s 3,882 votes to retain her seat. In the aftermath of her victory, Kadaga praised NRM voters for enduring intimidation from state agencies to vote for her, adding that she was particularly proud of the ministers and members of parliament who stood by her amidst threats by Ruth Nankabirwa.
During the inauguration of Soroti City on Monday, Bob Owiny, the Deputy Council Speaker for Soroti District chaired a special council meeting to extend gratitude to Kadaga and the government for considering the operationalization of Soroti City. Owiny also used the opportunity to lobby for support to Kadaga’s candidature in recognition of her effort in steering deliberations in Parliament.
In the Speaker’s communication to Parliament on Tuesday, Kadaga tasked the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo about the Act saying that if Parliament does not hear from the Head of State in the next few days about the matter, the House will go ahead to pronounce it as Law.
On Friday, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah, Leader of Opposition, Betty Aol Ocan and other Parliamentary Commissioners toured the site only to find that the contractor has only completed three and half of the 9 levels.
MPs from the Busoga caucus reportedly started collecting signatures to impeach Oulanyah last week, a move that Oulanyah loyalists are suspicious could be coming from Kadaga’s camp. According to media reports some MPs have already signed the petition in a discreet move.
The MPs argued that it was morally wrong for them to receive the money at the time when the country is faced with a crisis. But in her communication to Members of Parliament this Afternoon, Kadaga said that any returned funds will be sent to the District Task Forces, in areas where the MPs come from.
The parliamentary commission received an allocation of 10 billion Shillings as part of a supplementary budget to facilitate activities to control the spread of coronavirus disease. From this allocation, each of the legislators received 20 million Shillings, raising controversy on the exact role that the MPs were going to play when the country is on lockdown.
Kadaga says that by the time her office received the Court order, the money had already been received by the Parliamentary Commission and disbursed to individual MPs. She asked the Attorney General to offer guidance on how the Court Order which she described as confusing can be implemented.
Speaking during plenary on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga noted that she had observed Okundinia and recommend her for a Labour Day award. She tasked the Presidency Minister to take up the matter, saying the nurse should be awarded instead of being intimidated.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that it was sickening that 16 years after passing the Act, Finance Ministry is yet to allocate money under the Fund to enable vigorous replacement of trees that have been cut and the disappearing forests. The Tree Fund is provided for under Section 40 of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003.
Kadaga who was speaking on Wednesday at the Ninth Conference of Parliamentary Muslim Women held on the side-lines of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Conference (PUIC) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso said that the international bodies and governments should consult and involve women in mitigating conflicts around the world.
According to a review undertaken by Muwanga on the performance and implementation of the approved budget, it was observed that during the financial year, the Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija approved a supplementary budget of Shillings 1.772 trillion but upon tabling the expenditure before parliament, only 615.7 billion was approved leaving 1.156 trillion unapproved.