Absenteeism Delays Parliament Business

Deputy speaker of parliament, Hon Jacob Oulanya yesterday afternoon suspended parliament session for 15 minutes and then adjourned it to Tuesday, next week due to lack of quorum.

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah

Parliament was discussing Anti Corruption Amendment Bill when Hon Ogwal Cecilia the Dokolo District Woman Representative raised the issue forcing deputy speaker to suspend the session.

Ogwal asserted that; “Since there was no quorum while passing some clauses, it should be included in report of the whole house.”

Before suspension and subsequent adjournment, legislators approved a 14yr jail term sentence to anyone convicted on corruption charges under the Anti Corruption Amendment bill.

Two weeks ago opposition legislators led by leader of opposition Hon. Wafula Oguttu walked out of parliament protesting lack of quorum.

Opposition legislator’s move to block Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill proved fruitless when parliament went ahead to pass the law.

Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure of the Ugandan Parliament provides for presence of one third of all Members of Parliament at time of voting. This means 125 legislator must be present.

About Anti Corruption Amendment Bill

It seeks to amend the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009. If passed into law, the Bill will provide the government with binding powers to confiscate property of people convicted of corruption by the Anti Corruption Court.

It will also ensure that property placed in the names of relatives and friends of corrupt officials is traced and recovered.