According to Parliament's Director of Communications and Public Affairs, of the 3000 guests, Members of Parliament and Staff tested for the different events at Parliament for different events, over 100 tested positive for COVID-19, but some have already recovered.
Former Minister for Energy, Mary Goretti Kitutu interacts with other MPs at Kololo Independence Grounds.
Parliament has said that of the over 3,000 people tested for COVID-19 to attend the different Parliamentary events in June, over 100 tested positive.
This follows comments on social media that indicated that Parliament was to close down after 100
Members of Parliament tested positive for COVID-19.
Parliaments Director Communications and Public Affairs Chris Obore Ariko, has made a
clarification on the matter saying that a larger category of people were tested
for COVID-19, and the positive results are not only that of MPs, but members of staff,
security and protocol officers among others.
Obore says that COVID-19
tests were carried out at Parliament to test persons who would be attending
State functions at Kololo Independence Grounds. The events included the election
of the Speaker on 24th May; the State of the Nation Address by President
Museveni on 4th June and Budget Reading on 10th June.
He says three tests
were done for each event and a total of over 3,000 people that included MPs,
staff of Parliament, Police, Internal Security Organization (ISO), Special
Forces Command (SFC), Service Providers, Journalists, Prisons staff, and other
invited guests were tested.
“Out of all those
tested for the events, approximately 100 came out positive," Obore said. "Note that
Parliament has 529MPs and approximately 30 Parliament staff were manning the
events. Please disregard the distorted information circulating in the media.”
He says the 100
positive cases were from the sample of more than 3,000 and note that some of
the patients have already made full recovery.
He says that in
compliance with the President’s directives, Parliament has scaled down on the
number of staff and journalists at parliament to 20 percent. The numbers of
journalists have also been drastically reduced, while visitors are highly
Entry to Parliament
is strictly checked, while other staff like Members of Parliament personal
assistants are not allowed in.
A few Parliament staff and Members of Parliament went for self-isolation over the period of August and June.