The Constitution provides that Members of Parliament elect to take and subscribe to the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Members of Parliament. It further provides that except for purposes of taking the oaths, no person shall sit or vote in Parliament before taking and subscribing to the oaths.
It was a colourful affair as the second batch of Members of the 11th Parliament took their oaths on Tuesday. These brought the total of the already sworn in MPs to 265 MPs after another 134 were sworn in on Monday.
Every person elected to parliament takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Member of Parliament before they officially start their five-year term of office. The ceremony, which is following the alphabetical order of names of each legislator, will see 132 members take oath today, according to a programme issued by Parliament’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Helen Kawesa.
Key among the celebrants at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe included the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, the Speaker of the Buganda Lukiiko, Patrick Luwagga Mugumbule and Rubaga Division Mayor, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebuggwawo.
The leaders including the Church of Uganda –COU Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira and others observed the Good Friday ritual at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.
Museveni was contesting with 10 other candidates in the race for the country's top office. According to declared results by EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Museveni won the with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 per cent).
Tourism is one of Uganda’s top foreign exchange-earners with annual receipts of USD 1.6 billion brought in by 1.8 million tourists according to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Out of the 1.8 million tourists, 1.3 million are foreigners while 500,000 are local tourists.
Parliament on Thursday convened Inter-denominational prayers marking the beginning of the Fifth and last Session of the Tenth Parliament under the theme “For When I am Weak, then I am Strong” derived from 2 Corinthians 12:10.
Three Parliament Chaplains including the Anglican Chaplain Rev. Canon Christine Shimanya, the Catholic Chaplain Rev. Fr. Ponsiano Kawesa and the Imam of Parliament Al-hajj Adbulatif Ssebagala led the prayers in which legislators prayed for peaceful 2021 general election and the end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Raphael Magyezi, the Igara East MP who was appointed Minister of Local Government was the first to appear before the committee followed by Judith Nabakooba, the Mityana Woman MP and former Police Spokesperson who was appointed Minister for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
Christmas is celebrated annually on December 25th to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Ahead of the D-day, celebrants take to different places to shop for the festivities and their loved ones, something that partly explains why different business centers decorate to attract customers.
The artisanal Miners under Busia United Artisanal and Small Scale Miners Association and Tiira Small Scale Mining Association-TISMA are specifically pointing out Busia Resident District Commissioner, Hassan Kato Matanda for deploying, the army at the Tiira mining site to harass them.
The Ambassadors kicked off their day with a tour of a demonstration farm of Joel Cherop supported by the Netherlands at Kapenjuria Village in Kapchorwa village. They could later visit the Kiprotich National High Altitude Training Centre at Teryet, Kapchorwa where they toured the facility and engaged with World Cross Country champion Joshua Cheptegei, Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, 2019 World Athletics gold medalist Halima Nakayi, middle distance runner Winnie Nanyondo and others.
On Tuesday, the team met human rights activists at Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale before moving out to visit the Tororo Solar Power Plant that was launched in 2017. However, the envoys learnt that the prevailing rainy weather has affected the production capacity of the plant currently producing less than 4 megawatts a day instead of 10MW.