The Speaker of Parliament has commended Uganda Women
Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) for standing up to the executive and moving with the gender-related bills that have been passed.
Kadaga was today Speaking at the Awards Ceremony at
Parliament where UWOPA celebrated members for their role in passing bills
that protect women. While officiating at the event, Kadaga who stepped out of
the ongoing plenary to attend the event, said that Government had tried to impede
the sexual offenses bill and the succession bill.
She said that she was called by the Minister in charge of
Gender on Friday last week requesting her not to proceed with the
Kadaga said that the Minister claimed that Government would
bring a separate bill, but she stood her ground and said if Government is not
satisfied with the bill, they can make amendments.
According to Kadaga, this was the same case with the
succession bill where Government actually brought in another bill, and
Parliament ends up with two bills. She hailed UWOPA leadership for their strong
stand even when the executive wanted to stop the process.
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Pamella Nasiyo the Chairperson UWOPA says that without the Speaker, the gender-related bills wouldn't have seen light at the end of the day. She says UWOPA succeeded in bringing several gender bills, and most of them were passed, except for the Marriage and Divorce Bill which is yet to be passed.
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Some of the key members recognised are former UWOPA
chairperson and Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding, current UWOPA chair Pamella Nasiyo
and the Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan. Others are Agnes Kunihira who spearheaded the employments bill and Safia Nalule who brought a bill on
disability among others. Speaker Kadaga was also recognized for her outstanding
role in supporting women's rights and the development of UWOPA forum.
The sexual offenses bill criminalizes prostitution, same-sex
marriage, any form of sexual harassment for instance unsolicited contact by a
man or woman including gestures, obscene expressions and touch among others.
The succession bill however seeks to ensure equality and
equity in the distribution of the deceased estates. For instance, of the deceased
or testators wealth, the surviving spouse or spouses will take 20 percent, the dependent relatives take 4 percent, the linear descendants or biological and
adopted children take 75 percent while the customary heir will take 1 percent.
The repealed act provided for only 15 per cent for the spouse.