Speaker Adjourns House Over Lack Of Quorum

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This prompted Oulanyah to adjourn the house for 15 minutes hoping to get the required quorum.

The Deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has adjourned the house to Tuesday next week due to lack of quorum to vote on different clauses in the Anti-Corruption amendment bill 2013.

 

The bill that appeared as item number four on today's order paper wasn't considered for the third time in one week.  It all started after Beatrice Anywar, the Kitgum Woman MP raised the issue of quorum before the house proceeded to vote on the clauses in the bill.
 

This prompted Oulanyah to adjourn the house for 15 minutes hoping to get the required quorum. However, there were hardly 125 legislators, who could raise the required quorum when the house reconvened after the 15 minute's break.
 

This left the speaker without any choice but to abandon the bill and adjourn the House in protest to Tuesday next week. Parliament has failed to handle the Anti-Corruption Amendment Bill, 2013 for the past two weeks due to lack of quorum.
 
 
Parliament has also passed some bills in the past three weeks amidst protest of lack of quorum.  They include the Anti-terrorism Amendment Bill, 2015 and the Local Government Amendment Bill.

The Anti-Corruption Amendment Bill was tabled by Makindye East Member of Parliament John Ssimbwa in August 2013 as a private member's bill. It seeks to amend the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009 which is said to be insufficient to fight corruption.
 
The Bill provides for the confiscation of property of people convicted of corruption by the Anti-Corruption Court. It also looks at property placed in the custody of relatives and friends of corrupt officials.
 
 
So far, Parliament has considered 7 causes in the bill and in doing so approved clause 3 of the bill that provides that any person who in the performance of his or her duties fails to do any act knowing or having reason to cause financial loss to government commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 336 currency points or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14 years or both.

Parliament also adopted clause 6 Section 38 (1) which provides for duty to give information. It provides that notwithstanding any law, a person from whom a police officer or special investigator requires information shall be under a duty to give the police officer or investigator the information which is in his or her possession or knowledge.


But Opposition Chief Whip Cecilia Ogwal notes that these clauses were also passed without the required quorum.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.