Parliament has passed over 70 Bills - and it is raising concerns

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Parliament has passed over 70 Bills - and it is raising concerns
Speaker Anita Among

Amidst this apparent progress, concerns have arisen regarding the prioritization of non-issues and controversial amendments.

PARLIAMENT | Just two-and-a-half years into business, the eleventh Parliament has passed over 70 bills into law, marking a significant legislative milestone.

However, amidst this apparent progress, concerns have arisen regarding the prioritization of non-issues and controversial amendments.

Government Chief Whip Hamson Obua acknowledges the productive legislative output but expresses frustration over the focus on non-essential matters.

"All acts are in line with the demands of the public to which our service as government is directed," Obua said.

Despite rejection by the majority members in their Caucus, the controversial amendment in bail application persists, drawing criticism from both within and outside the government.

The Opposition, while actively engaging in parliamentary roles, voices concerns over the government's appropriation of bills that were previously under their jurisdiction.

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Joel Ssenyonyi, highlights the stagnation of their bills since government assumed control, calling for expedited action.

"A number of our bills have stagnated ever since government took them over for consolidation. We call for expediting," he said.

Notable among the legislation passed are the Anti-Homosexuality Act, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropics Substances Control Act, Uganda Human Organ and Transplant Bill, and Traffic and Road Safety Act.

These laws reflect the diverse range of issues addressed by Parliament.

Despite these achievements, challenges persist, and the parliament acknowledges the ongoing work ahead.

Both government and opposition emphasize their commitment to serving the public interest and ensuring effective governance.

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