MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana are facing several charges, including murder, attempted murder, aiding and abetting terrorism. They were on Monday denied bail by Masaka High Court Judge, Lawrence Tweyanze saying that their release would jeopardize investigations since they are currently under trial.
The chairperson of the committee Robinah Rwakoojo told Parliament that her committee could not proceed with a meeting with Kafuuzi after he informed the committee that he was not holding the portfolio for the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Oulanyah accused the members of failing to come up with a legislative agenda for children after a speech delivered by the Forum Chairperson, Margaret Makokha, the Namayingo Woman MP made no mention of it.
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed that no Ministry, Department and Agency of government should finance activities of House committees since this undermines the independence and authority of the institution.
The Speaker’s guidance means that government Bills that lapsed with the Tenth Parliament will now have to be published, reprinted and introduced in Parliament afresh, the same applies to Private Members Bills.
The fund which was started to provide well-coordinated support to various entities in Uganda was suspended early this year after President Yoweri Museveni accused the Ministry of Finance of irregularly authorizing funding, to a tune 500 billion Shillings, to be operated exclusively by foreign missions in Uganda.
Oulanyah last presided over Parliament at the reading of the 2021/2022 financial year Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds shortly after his election as Speaker of Parliament. But his absence from the public triggered speculation about his heath, with media reports indicating that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The office of the Speaker has been occupied for the past 10-years by the former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. However, she lost the seat to her former deputy and Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanyah in a vote held at the beginning of the eleventh parliament last month.
Oulanyah was this afternoon delivering a speech during the opening of the 1st Session of the Eleventh Parliament prior to the delivery of the State of Nation Address by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that he has informally contacted leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament over the nomination of members to the appointments committee.