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Opposition Lose Battle On Gov't Assurances Bill

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The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary, which scrutinized the Bill, recommended that Parliament does not approve the proposed law arguing that “It adds little to what is already contained in the Rules of Procedure of Parliament in terms of the mandate of the Committee on Government Assurances.”

The Committee on Government Assurances is charged with among others, scrutinizing the assurances, promises and undertakings given by Ministers and government agents in Parliament, from time to time, and the extent to which those undertakings, promises and assurances have been implemented.

The Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Fred Ruhindi, said there was no need for over legislation since the Parliament Rules of Procedure already cover the areas intended to be addressed by the Bill.

Members were unhappy that the Committee had recommended against the passing of the Bill into law.

The Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecila Atim Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo district), who moved the Bill for its Second Reading, said “We have been receiving many promises by government, which are not followed up or monitored. We should have a mechanism in place such that government can be held accountable for pledges made to Ugandans.”

Hon. Winnie Kiiza (FDC, Kasese district) said, “I am surprised that the Committee (on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs) does not see merit in holding government officials accountable for promises they make.”

Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda (NRM, Mityana North), said the Bill is the only opportunity for Parliament to hold government officials accountable for promises they make in constituencies.

The Bill intended to establish a legal framework through which promises and undertakings given to Parliament by Ministers and agents of government are enforced and implemented by the relevant ministers and agents.

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