Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, has put strict conditions to parliamentary forums that doge parliamentary seating because of small forums.
Speaker Kadaga directed that parliamentary forums should stop organizing events that clash with House business because it affects members’ attendance of Plenary and Committees.
Hon. Kadaga also directed that they should only organize small forums during weekends and strictly gave three days Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
The Speaker was reacting to concerns raised by the Chairperson of the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Jacob Oboth who reported that committees are stuck with Bills beyond the required 45 days, as they compete with forums for members.
Oboth said parliamentary forums were providing instant sitting allowances, which are a motivation for members to attend, compared to committees that pay at the end of the month.
“Parliamentary forums are not part of Parliament. I am the patron of all the forums, but I’ll take action if I see them competing with committees,” said Kadaga.
Parliamentary forums are members’ groupings based on shared interests or causes. Membership to these forums usually cuts across parties and gender.
The 10th Parliament has about 18 forums, ranging from media, health, oil and gas, non-communicable diseases, road safety to population and youth.