17TH AUGUST 2023 | TODAY IN PARLIAMENT

This is an update from the Parliament of Uganda marking the 19th Sitting of the 1st Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 11th Parliament. This Sitting was chaired by the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa. In his communication, the Speaker welcomed members to today’s sitting.

The House then moved on to consider a Statement on the Commemoration of International Youth Day which will be on 18th August 2023 in Kabale District. This was presented by the Government Chief Whip, Hon. Obua Denis Hamson “This year we could not celebrate the Day on l12th August 2023 due to circumstances beyond our control,” Hon.Obua said. According to the Gov’t Chief Whip, The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “Accelerating Recovery from Covid-19 and full implementation of the 2023 Agenda”.  The Deputy Speaker later said the statement will be debated next Wednesday when the Minister of Gender is in the House.

The Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Hon. Kankunda Amos later tabled the Committee report on the Micro-Finance Deposit-taking Institutions (Revision of Minimum Capital Requirements) Instrument 2022 which was adopted by the House. This will increase the minimum paid-up cash capital requirements of micro-finance deposit-taking institutions from 25,000 currency points (Shs500m) to 250,000 currency points (Shs5bn).

Debate on the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (Control) Bill, 2023 was also resumed. Before yesterday’s adjournment, MPs had processed 25 clauses of the bill. The bill seeks to provide deterrent measures against local drug abuse, among others. Hon. Wilson Kajwengye, the Chairperson of the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs, noted that Clause 53 of the Narcotics Drugs Bill states that “the Minister may establish a facility for treatment and rehabilitation of persons with substance use disorder in accordance with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap 272.” He said that Clause 53 of the Narcotics Drugs, Bill will give the Minister authority to establish treatment and rehabilitation centers, other than the Butabika National Mental Referral Hospital.

Khat (miraa) was included among the prohibited drugs/plants in the Fourth Schedule of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Bill, 2023 which has been adopted by the House. Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa later told MPs that the Narcotics Drugs Bill will be concluded and passed next week.

The Speaker afterward adjourned the House to Tuesday, 22 August 2023 at 2.00 pm.

Source; Parliament of Uganda

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