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Parliament approves bill providing for elderly representation

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament has approved a bill providing for the inclusion of five representatives of older persons in the house. These will now form part of the other marginalized groups that are currently represented in parliament. Article 78 of the constitution provides for the composition of Parliament …

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MPs task gov’t on opening remaining sectors of economy

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament want some sectors of the economy still under lock down to re-open.  They argue that the sectors are prepared to meet the standard operating procedures and adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.     Ever since the economy was locked in March 2020, some …

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MPs confirm five Parliament seats for elderly

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of parliament (MPs) have created five Parliamentary seats for elderly persons, one of which has been ring-fenced for women. Every region including Central, Eastern, Northern and Western will each have a representative elected by the Elders’ Council constituting all the districts in a particular …

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PAC probes UGX 398m unaccounted for by the courts

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The Solicitor General Francis Atoke has withdrawn the undersecretary at the Judiciary from a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) session in Parliament over a questionable 398 million Shillings expenditure. The undersecretary Maureen Kasande had been asked to explain an expenditure of 398 million Shillings which lacked …

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Ministerial team mediating Kadaga, Oulanyah conflict

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Plans are ongoing, to reconcile the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah as bickering between the two senior leaders of Parliament heightens.   The two leaders have had a bitter relationship since 2016 when Oulanyah sought to contest for the position …

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List of 46 new constituencies approved by parliament

✳ Buhweju West ✳ Buwekula South ✳ Kiboga West ✳ Lamwo East ✳ Bugangaizi South ✳ Chekwi East ✳ West Budama Central ✳ Kwania North ✳ Buyanja East ✳ Kagoma North ✳ Ngariam ✳ Agago West ✳ Bukanga North ✳ Bukimbiri ✳ Nakaseke Central. ✳ Kapere (Ngora district) ✳ Butiru …

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Cabinet splits Nakawa Division, creates 31 new counties

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Cabinet has approved the creation of 31 new counties in various parts of the country. This is in addition to another 15 new constituencies that were approved by Cabinet recently and awaiting parliamentary approval. State Minister for ICT Peter Ogwang told journalists in Kampala on …

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MPs demand accountability for funds spent on locust fight

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Members of Parliament on the Committee on Agriculture want the government to account for funds spent in the fight against locusts.   Uganda has spent more than 267 billion shillings in loans and donations to fight locusts that ravaged some parts of East and Central Africa …

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