The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Anita Among has hailed the commitment among legislators to execute their duties, saying such action has enabled the house excel in it’s mandate.
She says in the past nine months alone since the opening of the second session of parliament (from June 2022), 76 sittings have been held and 24 Bills have been passed.
Among revealed this in her opening remarks to parliament that sat at Kololo ceremonial grounds to listen to the president’s address to parliament and by extension to the nation. The president had come to address MPs mainly on the issue of Parish Development Model program.
“This House also passed 31 resolutions, adopted 42 committee reports and concluded two petitions and administered seven oaths. We must conglatulate ourselves for this. The 24 Bills passed so far in the second session exceed the 23 Bills passed in the entire first session” she said.
The speaker described this as a clear testimony of the commitment of the 11th Parliament to leaving a lasting legacy of a people-centred Parliament determined to deliver. Among cited some of the bills passed in the second session and assented to by the President including; The Mining and Minerals Bill, 2021, Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill, 2022, Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and Physical Planners Registration Bill, 2021, while those
passed but await the President’s assent include, the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, Human Organ Donation and Transplant Bill, Museums and Monuments Bill, National Sports Bill, Markets Bill and Micro Finance Deposit-Taking Institutions (Amendment) Bill.
She commended members for their dedication towards efficient service delivery to the masses, adding that in order to improve parliament’s performance, both MPs and the executive need to allocate more time for parliamentary work.
The Speaker who’s also championing a crusade to prevent the country from sliding into the hands of homosexuals, beseeched president Museveni to cooperate with the house to protect Uganda’s norms and values.
She informed the president that the 11th Parliament had embarked on strengthening the legal regime to erect a moral firewall to protect and conserve our cherished cultural values as a people.
The Anti-gay bill was recently tabled by Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa and waits second reading. Among wants MPs to vote on the clauses therein the bill through open voting as opposed to secret ballot. She recently said this will facilitate transparency among legislators so that the masses can know the kind of leaders they have when it comes to deciding on such issues.
“You’re either for homosexuality or against it” she said on the eve of tabling this bill.
Meanwhile, at Kololo, the head of state said he will find time to have a discussion with parliament on this issue. He however, blasted the West for pushing homosexuality onto Africans yet Africans cannot force their practices on them. He said sex in African culture is purely confidential. Museveni said the area of debate would be on whether homosexuals are born like that or they are nurtured.