Members of parliament have recommended that the National Council for Children be repealed and replaced by the Uganda National Children Authority. The recommendation was proposed by the parliamentary committee on Gender, labour and social development and approved by members of parliament while debating the committee report on the Children’s (amendment) bill, 2015 in a session chaired by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
Dokolo county Member of Parliament Felix Okot Ogong questioned that if the trees and other agencies in this country have an authority why not children in this country have an authority to deal with issues affecting the children. He said that the council under the ministries are manipulated and controlled by the ministers and the Uganda National Children Authority will be the solution to handling of children’s issues without compromise.
The woman member of parliament for Kyankwanzi district Anna Maria Nankabirwa said that this law is required because men have neglected their responsibilities over children.