The Parliament of Uganda is divided over the proposal to name the Institute of Parliamentary Studies after the Speaker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. In a plenary session on Tuesday evening chaired by Kadaga, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee advised that the bill be passed without renaming the bill, which drew controversy among legislators.
Parliament passed a resolve to change the title of the Institute of Parliamentary Studies Bill to Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Institute of Parliamentary Studies Bill, 2019, on May 29th. The object of the Bill is to establish the Institute of Parliamentary Studies as a one stop specialized resource center for training and capacity development of legislators, staff of parliament, local councils and other Legislatures within the region.
The Institute is also meant to create an institutional mechanism for delivery of capacity building interventions for Members and staff of Parliament as well as stakeholders and create a formal framework of engagement between Parliament and Local Councils throughout the country.
However, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee is hesitant to rename the bill to include Kadaga’s name. Eragu Veronica Bichetero, the Kaberamaido County MP who presented the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee report, said it is the considered opinion of the committee that the Bill be passed as it is without renaming it.
Bichetero said that the Parliamentary Commission will rename the Institute administratively to reflect the motion that was adopted by the House adding that although the report hasn’t been amended, the position has since changed.
The Ngora County Legislator, David Abala objected to the Committee report saying the institute should be renamed Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga looking at what the Speaker has done for the country adding that renaming the Institute should be the key matter in the bill.
Kadaga who chaired the same session where people were divided over renaming the institute after her adjourned the house saying that she would think about the type of Institute they are establishing for the bill to be passed.