One of these is the East African Affairs Ministry, which is led by former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who hasn’t physically attended a legislative session in a long time.
Four ministries and one government body have failed to comply with the Constitutional requirement of presenting ministerial policy statements and budget projections to Parliament for the fiscal year 2022/2023.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, a Kira Municipality legislator, questioned Kadaga’s prolonged absence from the House yesterday.
Other ministries that have yet to submit their policy statements include Foreign Affairs, Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Tourism, and the Auditor General’s Office, in addition to the Minister of East African Affairs.
Due to their failure to meet the deadline, Deputy Speaker Anita Among directed their heads to explain why they had broken the Constitutional requirement in writing.
Ssemujju threw a monkey in the works by questioning Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja about why she failed to whip former Speaker and East Africa Minister Rebecca Kadaga to attend parliamentary sittings as required by the norms of procedure.
Nabbanja couldn’t help but laugh.
The issue of presenting Ministry policy statements without an updated fiscal charter and a revised budget framework paper sparked heated discussion in the House.