SESSIONAL COMMITTEES NEEDED TO CLEAR BACKLOG

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the clerk to comportment a vital study on the composition of committees of parliament and bring back a report to the business 13 committee of parliament in July 2021 for the consideration.

 This is after Chairperson Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline also Kalaki County Obote Clement Keneth Ongalo presented a report of the committee on rules, privileges and discipline on the proposed amendments to the rules of procedure of parliament chaired by speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

 Kadaga made a ruling after an intense argument on the composition of the committees of Parliament when the Members of Parliament failed to reach on the agreement on the numbers of Members of Parliament sitting on the committee.

“Let’s give time the clerk so that, the work is done and also business moves on.” Kadaga clarifies.

During the debate, some Members of Parliament were proposing to split and create more accountability committees to handle the backlog of reports from government ministries and departments from the districts among others.

 “Given the robust increase of the members of parliament in the 11th parliament most members might remain redundant in the process” Adds Kadaga. 

 Tororo District Woman Member of Parliament Sarah Opendi says due to the backlog most of the reports are not handled this issue made officers from the department frustrated.

Paul Mwiru the Jinja West Member of Parliament says the creation of more accountability committees will ease the work of the members of Parliament hence reducing report backlog.

“At least 16 sessional committees and 16 standing committees should be created to handle the backlog of the departments and agencies” MPs submitted.

 Mwiru adds that there are so many problems in the government departments because committees cannot handle the load appropriately.

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