The Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige has recalled members of parliament to continue with plenary sittings.

In a notice dated August 2, 2016, Kibirige notifies the MPs that plenary is to resume on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 2:00pm.

The parliament commission is expected to table government business that the 10th parliament is to deliberate on in the first session.

Also expected is the tabling of business that the House is adopting from the unfinished business of the ninth parliament.

Some of the unfinished business includes the tax exemption bill, the National Biotechnology and Biosafety bill, 2012, the Retirement Benefits Sector Liberalization bill, 2011  and the Marriage and Divorce bill among others.

“In the meantime, committees can continue to deliberate on work under their mandate”, reads part of the notice signed by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige.

Parliament’s last plenary sitting was adjourned on July 21, 2016 without a definite date for resuming deliberations.

Sources also indicate that the plenary sitting on Tuesday is to deliberate on a motion reportedly prepared by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu on the request that government pays 1.3 trillion Shillings to select 65 struggling companies and individuals.

The proposal was fronted by an economist, Dr. Ashie Mukungu and has since sparked public debate

In  another development, a section of legislators want government to compel commercial building owners in business districts in Kampala to levy rent fees in Uganda Shillings.

This comes in the wake of persistent complaints from traders under the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) on the exorbitant rent dues charged in dollars. The legislators believe Parliament can rein in on the gross exploitation that has seen many businesses close due to failure to generate profits.

Rakai Woman MP, Juliet Kyinyamatama notes that the charges are inconsiderate and place businesses, especially those run by young entrepreneurs, in jeopardy.

Kyinyamatama says they will table a motion seeking to push for a law to allow for tenancy agreements to be made in shillings.

Mwine Mpaka, Western Youth MP warns that unless the inflow of dollars into the country is regulated, Uganda may turn into a dollarized economy, which will in the long run weaken the shilling.
Members of KACITA, particularly those operating in the shopping malls, have on several occasions petitioned Parliament and the President requesting for intervention over charges in dollars.

Doreen Ruth Amule, Amolatar Woman MP says a wider discussion on this money will be made in Parliament and the business community.

Julius Mukunda, coordinator of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CBAG), a nonprofit lobby group recently tasked government to regulate dollar transactions in the market to protect the shilling.