Ministers Missing Parliament Should Account

According to our snoops inside SC Victoria University dressing room, website Uganda’s 2015 Africal competitions representatives URA and KCC have confirmed their interest in central defender Savio Kabugo.

“I have had successful negotiations with KCC and URA, ” he revealed.

League champions KCC actually submitted a 22-man squad to the Caf Champions League reserving a slot for him if the deal falls through.

Savio Kabugo (in his early 20s)– before the Chan tournament in South Africa January had fruitless trials with Bidvest Wits, has played over 100 games for SCVU and non league side Kamwokya in his 5 year career and is a regular in the Uganda Cranes backline now.

Kabugo’s recent rise in stoke started in earnest when Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic handed him a surprise senior competitive debut away in Ghana early September, has attracted some positive nods. He has since been involved in the next four Nations Cup qualifiers including a clean sheet in the 2-0 home victory over Guinea.

Kabugo heads his most important goal against Ghana last year.
Kabugo heads his most important goal against Ghana last year.

He missed training again today and was spotted at URA’s friendly game against Kiira Young on Thursday

ChimpReports can confirm that his current club, SCVU, would want at least Ushs25m for one of the club’s most experienced players and important figures.
By Jonas Mbabazi

On Tuesday 30th September 2014, treatment while presiding over the Parliament, discount the Speaker of Parliament Right Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, in her remarks after the approval of the Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as the new Prime Minister; noted that there are very many bills that have not been tabled in parliament by the executive.


She noted that some of these bills should have already been debated by parliament at this point in time. She encouraged the current prime minister to ensure that these bills are brought onto the floor of parliament as soon as possible.

The under performance of the executive in this legislative function has been exacerbated by the Ministers’ continued absence from sittings of parliament.

Their continued absence from the house without permission of the speaker violates Rule 103 sub-rule 1 of the Rules of Proce­dure of the Parliament of Uganda which requires the Ministry or at least the Minister of State to attend sittings of the House; and where none of them is able to attend, a Minister should request another Minister to represent that Ministry’s interests in the House and notify the Speaker accordingly.

The Leader of Government Business (read prime minister) is mandated to ensure that sub-rule (1) is complied with. However, Ministers seem not to have paid attention to this rule.

This was further echoed in the remarks of the speaker in house that she was expecting some bills from the executive like one on electoral reforms but they are not forthcoming.

What explanation do responsible ministers give for such delay, if they do at all? Most of the Ministers that appear in parliament have either been asked to make reports and give information in person on matters pertaining to their docket referred to them by the house.

Noteworthy is the fact that limited participation of the executive in legislation reduces legislative efficiency. I hazard nothing if I note that this has been the government’s most difficult task.

It is partly due to the unwieldiness of an overgrown cabinet and lack of responsible leadership on the part of some ministers. There is also enormous demand for legislation, where the government practically wants to unnecessarily enact laws on virtually everything even where other laws exist and this overtaxes the legislature.

Difficulty in framing some of these bills that requires technical knowledge which many members of the executive do not possess is also a critical challenge and it stalls the process.

However, this does not justify their absence in sittings of the house given that ministers do not have to do the work themselves. They can cause it to be done.

Under these circumstances the ministers have more and more degenerated into perfunctory figures – delegating themselves to public social functions and giving rhetoric discourses about various social, economic and political issues, some of which lie quite outside the jurisdiction of the national parliament.

It would be easy to conclude, that parliament is not yet bold enough to perform its traditional role of holding the executive to account.

Ministers should be able to shape debate in the house. But when their absence constrains this role, then Ugandans should have deep regret for having such leaders.

We expect ministers to frankly recognize the leadership the president conferred upon them as well as the responsibility they hold by occupying such public offices.

They should give greater significance to attending sittings of parliament and fulfill their obligations of determining, formulating and implementing the policy of the Government as mandated by of the constitution of Uganda, Articles 111 (2) and 114.

Given that Ministers are accountable to parliament, it would be credible for parliament to have some means by which it can establish measures to hold ministers to account.

It needs a means to extract from the ministers some form of explanation (or ‘account’) of why they miss sittings of parliament and august house makes judgment about the adequacy of such explanations.

In the light of these, is the potential to impose some form of sanction or retribution: to be accountable, ‘Ministers must not only be “called” to account but also be “held” to “account”.
Jonas Mbabazi

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