Special Reports

Children Bill: Why Karooro, Atiku Clashed at Parliament

Gender Minister Karooro Okurut

Kisumu Rally Results

  1. Tapio Laukkannen 1.27.12
  2. Jaspreet Chatthe 1.28.06
  3. Onkar Rai 1.30.05
  4. Baldev Chager 1.31.22
  5. Jas Mangat 1.31.53

Uganda’s best driver of the last decade Jas Mangat and his co driver Cedric Buzabo in a Mistibish Evo 10 RC 2 R4 clocked a time of 1hour 31minutes and 53 secs finish a distant fifth in the 2015 KCB Kisumu Rally over the weekend despite entering as favorites.

Former British and Finland champion Tapio Laukkanen won the rally driving a Subaru Impreza. The Finn clocked one hour 27 minutes and 12 seconds to clinch victory in the opening round of the 2015 Kenya Rally Championship. Jassi Chatte, prescription http://chesapeakebaydiningguide.com/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php driving a Mitsubishi EVO 10 finished second 54 seconds behind Laukkanen, for sale http://concateme.com/components/com_newsfeeds/helpers/route.php with Onkar Rai sealing the podium 2 minutes 53 seconds behind.

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Focus now turns to the opening event on Uganda national Rally championship calendar, the Mbarara rally this coming weekend that will cover a total distance of 368.8km and will go through the districts of Masaka, Lwengo, Lyatonde, Kiruhura and Mbarara.
Treasury Secretary, check http://csautomation.net/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/content-product_cat.php Keith Muhakanizi on February 20 wrote to Parliament regarding the circumstances leading to the erroneous clearance of a request by MP Bernard Atiku to submit a Private Members’ Bill known as Children Amendment Bill 2014, it emerged on Monday.

“I wish to clarify that the Certificate of Financial Implications (CFI) submitted to you vide our letter was premised on the merits of a Bill entitled Children Amendment Bill 2014 sponsored by the Hon Minister of Gender Labour and Social Development,” Muhakanizi’s letter to Clerk to Parliament reads in part.

“Therefore, our letter in response to your request for a certificate for a Private member’s Bill sponsored by the Hon Atiku Bernard was an inadvertent error arising from the fact that both requests for certificates were in reference to a Bill bearing a similar title in both cases,” he added.

“Secondly, I wish to categorically state that no certificate was issued specifically against the request by Hon Atiku.”

Muhakanizi further rescinded his letter, adding, the “certificate for financial implications remains valid for purposes of the Bill sponsored the Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development.”

Interestingly, two days later, Gender Minister Karooro Okurut clashed with Atiku at Parliament after the clerk put on the order paper the same bill to be presented by both Members of Parliament.

What went wrong?

It all started on December 19 with Gender Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana writing to Muhakanizi seeking a certificate for financial clearance for the Children Amendment Bill.

Bigirimana said the proposed legislation aimed at enhancing the protection of children; providing for guardianship of children; strengthening the conditions for inter country adoption and prohibiting corporal punishment.

Appreciating that the amendment would not impose additional financing implications in the medium term expenditure framework for the Gender Ministry, Muhakanizi on January 15 signed and issued the needed certificate for Bigirimana “to go ahead and submit the Bill to Parliament.”

Parliament’s clerk, Jane Kibirige had on December 31 written to Muhakanizi saying Atiku also intended to introduce to Parliament bearing the same title, ‘Children Amendment Bill, 2014’ with the objective of the “enhancement of the legal framework to regulate child related activities and for other related matters.”

Kibirige also sought a certificate of financial implications but records show it was never granted.

Sources inside Parliament told ChimpReports that Atiku could have worked with officials in the Clerk’s office to ensure he is presented as the initiator of the bill for personal political gain.

“We were shocked to discover that Atiku also wanted to present the same Bill. As a shadow Minister for Youth and Children, this could be related to 2016. He wants to make some impressions ahead of the 2016 elections,” said a source.

Atiku was not readily available for comment.

The Bill was passed by Cabinet on December 17.

It is expected to align the provisions of the Children Act with already existing laws that relate to care and protection, provide for fair trial of child offender, enhance the rights and safety of children and regulate the adoption and guardianship of children.


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