Uganda’s Parliament dates back to the colonial period when the British Colonial Office established the first legislature, called the Legislative Council (LEGCO), with its first sitting on 23rd March, 1921 in Entebbe.
At its inception, LEGCO had seven unelected Members who were all Europeans, and was chaired by the then Governor, Sir Robert Croydon. It had limited legislative powers as most important decisions came from the British Government and its main role was making legislation for law and order in the Uganda Protectorate.
UWOPA, established during the 5th Parliament (1989-1994) is a caucus comprising of female Members of Parliament but also open to male members as associates or horary members. It aims at engendering the legislative process, creating awareness campaigns and encouraging lobbying and advocacy.
Currently, the 10th Parliament has a total of 152 female MPs of while 20 are on direct seats. The 11th Parliament set to open in May, 2021 will have a total of 173 female MPs out of a population of 529 legislators. These include District Woman MPs, directly elected women and others.
Kadaga’s statement comes a few days to the celebration of Women’s Day commemorated on March 8, worldwide. She said that Ugandan women have been greatly exposed to leadership, businesses and corporate work for them to offer leadership to the next generation.
This followed the failure by the Minister to present three statements from his docket before parliament as expect. This afternoon, Engola was expected to present before parliament a statement on the status of the implementation of a resolution halting operations of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit on all water bodies in the country.
The law which covered a wide range of marriage, divorce and gender issues, including bridewealth, marital rights, dissolution of marriage, and the rights of cohabitating couples has been in the pipeline since 1964. It was initially tabled and debated as the Domestic Relations Bill but was later split into the Marriage and Divorce Bill, and the Administration of Muslim Personal Law.
Kadaga, who was speaking after a 4-kilometre charity walk to raise funds for the construction of a Rehabilitation Centre for Persons living with Albinism, this morning, expressed dismay that the National Census data has no statistics on albinism.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), according to the government proposals will also be charged with strengthening the revenue-raising capacity of local governments to boost their revenue base and broaden the range of revenue instruments available to them. This is intended to help them become more independent of transfers from the central government.
Lawrence Bategeka, the National Economy Committee Vice Chairperson told URN that all approved loans requests were important and majorly meant to finance the National Budget especially due to inadequate revenue collection.
The matter came up during the designation of MPs to different Sectoral Committees of Parliament as the Fourth Session of the Tenth Parliament takes shape. Members on Sectoral Committees serve for only one year and are either reappointed or new ones are named.