Updates on the Uganda Parliament

This brings you an update from parliament from yesterday’s Special Sitting of Parliament to pay tribute to the Late Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, Supreme Court Judge who died on the 7th of December 2022, Pursuant to Schedule 3 of the Administration of the Judiciary Act, 2020.

This Special Sitting was chaired by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Anitah Among. In her communication, she recognised the Late Justice Rubby Opio Aweri as a dedicated public servant who dispensed Justice without fear or favour. In a motion (attached) moved by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, the Late Justice Aweri was recognised as a person of distinction who had moved up the ladder in the Judiciary. The Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga praised the late Rubby as one who had no backlog in the disposal of the cases that came before him.

However, his attempt to go overboard and speak about the inadequacies of the judiciary in dispensing justice and inability to stand up to the excesses of the executive in abusing human rights and disobeying court orders was challenged by the Speaker who asked the LOP remains on the focus of the subject of paying tribute to the fallen Justice of the Supreme Court.

After many leaders of different offices in parliament and caucuses had given their tributes, the Speaker adjourned the House Sine Die citing the absence of business in the House from the Executive. 

She called upon the Committees to complete their work. She wished the Members of Parliament a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, should they not meet again. It should be noted that the National Budget Framework Paper FY 2023/24 was due to be tabled on Thursday this week. It remains to be seen whether the Executive will beat the statutory date of not beyond the 15th Dec as per the PFMA 2015. If so, parliament will be called back for a Special Session to receive the NBFP.

We shall let you know when this happens.

Courtesy AFLI and CSBAG Parliamentary Monitoring team.


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