Hospitals to top House agenda
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 02:00
Parliament- Parliament reconvenes today to a tight legislative calendar that may see the passage of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill before Christmas and provide funds needed to fix the ‘ailing hospitals’ and guarantee food security in the country.
Fresh from Canada, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga last year promised to pass the Anti-Gay Bill as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the Ugandan people.
However, this did not happen even as sources close to her office blamed a congested agenda.
As the House reconvenes today, top on the agenda will be the consideration of a key government motion that seeks among others to borrow close to $37million (about Shs100 billion) from Arab Banks and Opec fund to rehabilitate and expand district hospitals starting with Kayunga and Yumbe hospitals.
A case for hospitals
Most of the referral hospitals, constructed in the 1960s are in bad shape and the absence of essential drugs and adequate health workers have compounded the situation.
Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka will today table a second resolution, requesting Parliament to authorise government to borrow an additional $34million (more than Shs85.8billion) from the Islamic Development Bank to enhance food security in the country.
If approved, the investment will focus on boosting rice production in the country in a bid to avert hunger.
Parliament resumes sitting after three-week recess meant to enable members gather voters’ views on matters of national importance.
According to the Order Paper issued yesterday by Speaker’s Office, the lawmakers are also expected to pay tribute to the late Bernard Onyango, the former Registrar Makerere University who died last month.
Also top on the agenda will be the long-awaited debate on the Adhoc Committee on Energy.