July 26, 2013

Parliament Begins Nation Address Debate Without Opposition

Parliament has started the debate on the State of the Nation Address made by President Museveni to parliament on June 6th this year without the Opposition who are on a self-imposed one week absence over General Aronda’s appointment.

The debate was dominated by NRM MPs and Independents in Parliament who were pointed out by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah from lists submitted by their Chief Whips in Parliament.

However Oulanyah noted that he had not yet received a list of members on the opposition who would wish to debate on the State of the Nation Address.

Empty seas which opposition MPs usually occupy.
Empty seas which opposition MPs usually occupy. The lawmakers are on a one week boycott of parliament over Aronda Nyakairima’s appointment and approval as Internal Affairs Minister

MP Kiyingi Bbosa, an independent representing Mawokota County South, said that currently in the Agricultural sector there is scorching sun which is leaving gardens dry and a lot to be desired.

He suggested that besides government rebranding NAADs, it should provide water pumps in the rural areas to help in dry seasons.

On Economic Development, Kiyingi asked government to consider empowering the business community with low interest loans saying it has the capacity to support promising business entities considering the fact that when the business community is empowered even the revenue base is strengthened.

MP Lyndah Timbigamba, a woman representative of Kyenjojo and NRM, addressed herself to infrastructure concerns of the country. She noted that Uganda has currently attained a level of improvement in infrastructural development citing ICT and the extension of mobile network that goes through East Africa and Africa.

She however said that the demand for infrastructure is still high citing electricity supply in rural areas which have low coverage. She said the expenditure on infrastructural development is still low saying 1.5billion that is provided per year is low and sometimes not consistent.

MP Bagiire Vincent Waiswa representing Bunya County West addressed himself to ICT development saying that it should be encouraged saying that it can play a big role in development across all sectors.

Bagiire noted that it is important that MPs have Ministerial Policy Statements in digital form as opposed to government wasting money on printing copies of Ministerial statements for MPs and staff.

MP Baba Diri Margret credited the President’s address saying that he addressed himself to different critical areas neccessary for the country’s development.

Baba Diri pointed out Human Resource development as one of the areas the President talked about which she said is crucial to the employment sector of the country

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