The Speaker of Parliament ,Anita Among has directed the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to process and refine the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2021 to include the changes proposed by President Yoweri Museveni.
Shortly after she opened plenary on Wednesday, Among revealed that the President had returned the bill requiring that the Uganda people’s Defense Forces (UPDF) be included on the surveillance team entrusted with the responsibility to fight illegal fishing.
The directive is meant to allow UPDF work with the Uganda Police Force, which had already been catered for in the same Bill that was first read late last year.
“The surveillance Unit organization command control and training need to be domiciled under the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and Uganda Police Force. The rationale is that, given the need for continuous surveillance and sophisticated ways employed by people involved in illegal fishing, “she said.
She therefore directed the committee chaired by the Woman MP of Abim District Janet Okori-Moe.
“In considering the returned Bill, I urge the committee to restrict itself on the grounds that have been raised by the President. I hereby grant the committee one week to look at the two clauses and report back to the House on those clauses of the Bill,” she directed.
The call for expeditious processing of the Bill is part of the overall plan of the 11th Parliament to deliver on the promise to handle 62 Bills in the second year.