Parliament Passes ‘Urgent Terrorism Bill’ in Absence of Opposition

Opposition walked out in protest of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga's conduct

Barely a three days after loosing the Uganda cup final to their bitter rivals, more about KCCA FC has appointed Mike Mutebi as the new manager at the club. Mutebi will be deputised by Sam Simbwa both of whom have been handed a three year deal each.

Mutebi and Simbwa, website both return to the Lugogo based club for a third coaching stint. Mutebi was at the helm in 1997 and then returned in 2004 while Simbwa managed the team in 2002 and 2009 respectively. The duo take over from coach Abdullah Mubiru who assumed position from George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe in the course of the 2014/15 first leg of the league.

Mubiru led the ten time league champions to third place loosing the title to Vipers SC. He also reached the finals of the Uganda cup where the team failed to get their ninth cup title loosing to arch rivals SC Villa.

speaking in the unveiling, KCCA ED, Madam Jennifer Musisi entrusted the two in leading the club back to glory, “We expect the best from them and expect they work together with our management to take the team back to the top.”

Sam Simbwa was sacked from SC Villa for unclear reasons early in the year and has since been linked to the KCCA job. Details in the duos contract will be revealed later.
Parliament on Thursday summarily passed the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill 2015 that was unusually termed on Wednesday as an “urgent matter of national importance” without much detail.

In an impromptu sitting on Thursday where Members of Parliament were summoned from recess, search the Bill was only introduced in the house for the second reading but quickly got to the committee of the whole and finally passed in the absence of Opposition who had walked out in protest.

The government through the minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima on 30th April 2015 introduced a tough Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill that seeks to adjust the meaning and the activities deemed to be associated to three major actions in terrorism mainly funds.

The Bill was directly deferred by the Speaker of Parliament to the Committee of Defense and Internal Affairs to scrutinize and come out with a report.

Much as other committee reports have taken about a year before being presented on the floor of Parliament, on Wednesday, a special communication from MPs indicated the report on Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill 2015 that had only taken one month was ready.

MPs who were sent on recess to resume on 23rd of June, were ordered to immediately return and debate the bill.

Changes in the new Bill that has now become the Act of Parliament only waiting President Museveni to append his signature, is to amend section 1, section 2 (Interpretation) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002 to include the definitions of funds and services.

“Funds includes assets of every kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, however acquired, and legal documents or instruments in any form, including electronic or digital, evidencing title to, or interest in such assets, including, but not limited to, bank credits, travelers cheques, bank cheques, money orders, shares, securities, bonds, drafts, and letters of credit; . .” Part of the now passed Bill says.

Opposition Going to Court

The opposition MPs under their leader, Wafula Oguttu walked out parliament during the debate in protest of the way Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who chaired the house was steering the discussion.

There was stalemate in the house for about 10 minutes as the opposition and the government side failed to compromise on the definition of terrorism and the act of terrorism.

The opposition said the Bill was being imposed on Parliament by the executive to target individuals like the former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who early this week declared his interest to stand for President in the coming 2016 presidential elections.

The opposition asked the Speaker to adjourn the house to give ample time for them to dialogue, agree with the government side and return back on Tuesday.

The uncompromising Kadaga however paid a deaf ear to the opposition pushing on debate that forced the opposition to walk out.

When contacted by ChimpReports, the deputy opposition Chief Whip, Roland Kaginda who is also the MP for Rukingiri Municipality said they are heading to court since the quorum wasn’t enough when the bill was passed into an act of Parliament.

“We wanted to compromise for the sake of security but the Speaker remained adamant to our humble prayers. We only had to walk out in protest and we are going to court.” Kaginda said.

According to Rules of Procedures of Parliament, any voting or decision in the house should be taken by at least two thirds of MPs.





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