Parliament Isn’t Helping in Our Economic Crisis – Oulanyah

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah

The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has said it is every Ugandans’ responsibility including members of parliament to save the country’s struggling economy before the situation gets out of hand.

Oulanyah made the call while delivering a keynote address during the second Press Plenary at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala organized by the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) under the theme; ‘Uganda’s Economic Slow Down: What should the 10th Parliament do to get Uganda Back on track’.

“My complaint has been about parliament engaging in politics and I have always said, diagnosis politics doesn’t bring food on the table, sildenafil ” The deputy speaker began the keynote address.

Oulanyah noted that 80 percent of the time in Parliament is spent in politics which doesn’t move the country’s economy forward.

Oulanyah quoted the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija who recently noted that the country’s economy is struggling but not in a desperate state.

“There has been a reduction in the GDP growth in the country, a short fall in revenue collections, high levels of non-performing loans in banks and suspension of development finance by World Bank has contributed to the country’s economic pressure,” Oulanyah quoted the Minister.

The Speaker observed that there is increased public spending and this is where parliament should come in to investigate further and find solutions to this.

“As a Deputy Speaker, I would like to take responsibility of a bill that is already in the house but not anticipated bills.”

He called upon members of the private sector to always come up with private bills so as to influence business in the house.

“Parliament isn’t an institution to deal with this; it processes things that are brought to it. It may identify a few things that are initiated by it.”

“They don’t process or initiate policy but do analysis. We need to understand how Parliament works before we actually load everything to it. Stop sitting and starting acting now if you have anything that Parliament should process.”



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