The Speaker Kadaga Alitwala Rebecca, has exposed the parliamentary committees that have failed to deliver on their constitutional mandate to process Bills within the requisite 45 days as required by the law.
Kadaga while sharing the plenary on Tuesday said she was disappointed by the rate at which business was being dragged behind by the committees of parliament who fail to do their work.
“At the start of the Third Session, we indicated that the first meeting would be dedicated to legislation. However, I want to notify committees that they are late,” Kadaga noted.
She revealed that some committees have delayed parliamentary works for close to two years creating backlogs.
The Speaker said the Budget Committee which is handling the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017 and Supplementary Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2017; the Committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development, which is late by 700 days on the Minimum Wage Bill; and the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development that has delayed to process the Investment Code Bill by 433 days.
“The Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry is late by over 500 days on the Wildlife Bill; the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is late by 122 days on Security Interests Bill; and the Committee on Natural Resources handling the National Environment Bill is beyond the 45 days,” Kadaga announced.
The Speaker added that the Committee on Physical Infrastructure that is considering the Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Bill is late by 440 days while the Committee on ICT is late by 400 days on the Data Protection Bill.
Kadaga directed that all the committees to finish their works before independence break warning that laziness will not be tolerated.