By Kampala Post Reporter
Kyankwanzi: Government Chief Whip Hon Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu has revealed that her office has come up with new parameters for measuring the performance of Parliamentary Committees and their entire leadership.
Nankabirwa was this Thursday speaking at the NRM Parliamentary Caucus retreat going-on at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi. She did not however give details adding, "These will be discussed in much more detail during our next meeting with the Committee Chairpersons after issuing them with copies for internalization."
This comes after Parliament introduced Bill tracking Application-Uganda Bungeni that is intended to track the processing of Bills on committee stage to avoid delays.
On the other hand, Nankabirwa has warned MPs against acting contrary to the caucus position without leave of the Government Chief Whip. She further warned those issuing statements or documents pertaining to the deliberations of the caucus to the media and the general public without permission plus those supporting positions of other political parties contrary to the objectives and policies of NRM.
She has commended the legislators for their active participation during plenary and committee meetings. Currently, Parliament has in this session passed a total of 14 Bills and Nankabirwa has attributed this to existing team work among different stakeholders. Among the Bills passed so far include; Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017, African Export-Import Bank Agreements Bill, 2018, Appropriation Bill, 2018, Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Income Tax Bill, 2018, Data Protection & Privacy Bill, 2015, Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Human Rights (Enforcement) Bill, 2015 and Mental Health Bill, 2014.
The Bills not yet assented to by the President include; The Uganda Wildlife Bill 2017, The Sugar Bill 2016, The Minimum Wages Bill 2015 and the National Biotechnology Bill 2012.
According to NRM Secretariat spokesperson, Rogers Mulindwa, this ongoing NRM retreat will among others review the progress in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP II) and appreciate insights in NDP III as well as the performance of Government in the implementation of major sectors of the NRM Party Manifesto 2016-2021.
“At the end of the 8-day retreat, the legislators will appreciate the need for industrialisation and job creation as a springboard for propelling Uganda's economy to middle income status. While here the members of the NRM caucus will also take stock of the achievements so far realised and the challenges met in the implementation of the NRM Manifesto,” Mulindwa said in a press release.