The tenure of the Ninth Parliament on Wednesday, 11th May 2016 come to a close.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga read a proclamation which marked the end of the Ninth Parliament.
Earlier in her communication, Kadaga highlighted the successes achieved over the five-year period of the Ninth parliament.
The Speaker singled out the Parliamentary Outreach Program which she said was aimed at taking Parliament closer to the people.
“We have been able to engage the leadership at district level, understood the concerns of the population and brought them to the attention of the Executive and the House,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga also cited the construction works leading to a multi-level car park and an additional floor on Parliament House that had been planned for in 1963.
“We acquired Development House, modern ICT equipment and procured Ipads for MPs. A modern breast feeding facility; the first in a government institution in the country was also opened,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker noted that there were challenges of poor attendance and quorum which affected the business of the House.
“At times, Parliament was faced with a challenge of poor attendance by Members affecting performance. This is an area which the 10th Parliament must work on,” she said.
Chief Opposition Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal said the Ninth Parliament had done well in the legislative process with the passing of many important laws.
“This Parliament passed fundamental laws for Uganda like the Anti-Homosexuality Act. I have no apologies for passing this law,” she said.
The Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Rt.Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda also acknowledged the leadership of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
“We salute you for guiding the Ninth Parliament. It is no surprise that both sides of the House have endorsed you to continue leading,” the Premier said.
Ruhakana Rugunda added that the uncompleted work will be carried forward to the next Parliament.
“We hope the 10th Parliament learns from the work of this Parliament which handled a lot of legislative business,” he said.
The Ninth Parliament passed 102 bills, 207 Motions and 29 petitions were disposed of.
The MPs also considered 261 reports, there were 161 ministerial statements were presented and 43 questions for oral answers were also handled.
The Prime Minister responded to 432 questions during Prime Ministers Question Time.