MPs Blocked from Attending Retreats

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In short
Kadagas directive stems from an invitation from the Auditor Generals office to four accountability committees to attend induction workshops.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has stopped committees from holding retreats when the House is in session.

Kadaga's directive stems from an invitation from the Auditor General's office to four accountability committees to attend induction workshops.

Invited committees include Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Local Government Accounts Committee, the Government Assurances Committee and Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE.

Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa informed parliament that several members were due to travel today for the retreat and report back to the house on Wednesday.

The program however interferes with the parliamentary schedule. Parliament hold sessions from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week.

Kadaga said that government institutions including the Auditor General are obliged to formally communicate to the Office of the Speaker whenever they intend to engage Members of Parliament. She says retreats can only be held from Friday to Monday.
 
//Cue In: Some committees...
Cue Out:...on the weekend//
 
Parliamentary committees have for the last three weeks been holding induction meetings with the sectoral agencies they oversee.

Last week, the accountability committees converged in Kampala for training by the Auditor General's office and Ministry of Finance to equip the members with knowledge and skills on unearthing abuse of taxpayers' money.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.