MP Sam Lyomokis bedding in Parliament
Workers’ MP Sam Lyomoki has camped in parliament to protest spokeswoman Rebecca Kadaga’s delay in passing the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) law.
The MP has since taken his mattress, mosquito net and other vital necessities to Parliament, where he will stay until his plea is heard.
On August 26, 2020, Kadaga decided that the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) amending law of 2019 would be reviewed over the next two weeks. The two weeks have passed this week and the bill has not been discussed.
On August 27, the MP was captured in a series of pictures sleeping in his suite, bags aside and no bedding. He decided to sleep in parliament after Kadaga abruptly interrupted the plenary session after Lyomoki protested.
The draft law aims to broaden the range of employee benefits and improve the management of the NSSF. The current law was passed in 1985 and does not adequately address the emerging challenges in social security administration in Uganda.
The makers of the bill claim that the law, as it stands, does not include any explicit provision for the representation of workers, employers and other stakeholders on the board of directors. The Minister’s appointment of the General Manager and Deputy General Manager without the role of the Board of Directors undermines the Board’s ability to oversee them.
While it is in the best interests of all workers to save for retirement, the law currently gives the minister the discretion to determine the category of workers who are eligible to contribute towards their retirement.
Currently, only workers in a company employing five or more workers can contribute to their retirement, in contravention of paragraph VII of the national objectives of the Constitutional Principles of State Policy, ILO Convention 102 on Social Security and Social Protection Policy stands 2015, all of which are calling for social security protection for all individuals regardless of the number of their employees.
“The law provides for the taxation of contributions and Schreyer income, which does not promote the culture of domestic long-term savings, which is crucial for sustainable economic transformation,” the makers noted.