Addressing journalists at Parliament, Workers MPs including Margaret Rwabushaija, Dr Abdul Byakatonda, Agness Kunihira and Usher Wilson Were, the Chairman General of the National Organization of Trade Union- NOTU demanded that the Bill is returned immediately by the Attorney General and Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development for urgent consideration by the 11th Parliament.
Workers MPs have expressed doubts regarding a decision taken by
Speaker Jacob Oulanyah to collapse the National Social Security Bill, 2019
-NSSF Bill that had been passed by the Tenth Parliament.
On Thursday last week, Oulanyah guided the House that all business of the Tenth
Parliament that remained incomplete, lapsed when the term of that Parliament
came to an end.
He said that any MP or government that desires business of the Tenth parliament
that was not completed by the end of that Parliament, to reintroduced it in the
House and that business begin afresh. The Tenth Parliament, chaired by former
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ended in May 2021.
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. Also, Bills that
were passed by the 10th Parliament and are pending Presidential assent and
those returned by the President per Article 91 of the Constitution, but outside
the term of the Tenth Parliament, are considered a business that lapsed and
should be considered afresh.
One of the Bills affected by the Speaker’s decision is the NSSF Bill which is
currently before President Yoweri Museveni, pending assent.
The Bill had endorsed a proposal for the government to allow savers who have
clocked 45 years and had saved for 10 years to access 20 percent of their
savings and many Ugandans have been gearing up to benefit from this mid-term
access provision. After several months of back and forth with the fund managers
and workers, the President agreed to assent to the Bill with amendments but
this had not been returned to parliament for reconsideration by Thursday.
Addressing journalists at Parliament, Workers MPs including Margaret
Rwabushaija, Dr Abdul Byakatonda, Agness Kunihira and Usher Wilson Were, the
Chairman General of the National Organization of Trade Union- NOTU demanded
that the Bill is returned immediately by the Attorney General and Minister of
Gender, Labour and Social Development for urgent consideration by the 11th
Kunihira said that this will help cater for the needs of savers, especially
those who have saved for 10 years and also clocked 45 years. She expressed
disappointment with the recent decision by the Speaker given that a lot of time
and resources had been dedicated to the bill.
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Byakatonda said that they have made consultations with the Speaker
about the fate of the NSSF Bill and that they are to ensure that the Attorney
General presents it afresh to parliament urgently.
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Rwabushaija said that they want the NSSF bill to be passed again so that
workers with money in the NSSF can access their savings especially those who
have lost jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She added that many families of the
savers need the money.
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Wilson Were gave the workers MPs a 7days ultimatum to ensure that the Bill is
tabled again on the floor of parliament for speedy processing.
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Besides the NSSF Bill, the others affected by the Speaker’s decision are the
Sexual Offences Bill, the Succession Bill, The National Health Insurance, The
Fisheries Amendment Bill, 2020, and National Climate Change Bill,2020,
Anti-Slavery Bill 2020, National Local Content Bill, the Real Estates Bill
2020, the Estates of Missing Persons (Management) Amendment Bill 2019, Land
Lord and Tenant Bill 2019, Marriage and Divorce Bill 2015, the Succession
Amendment Bill 2020 and others.