The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has
notified Members of Parliament that starting next week, they will be required
to present Covid-19 vaccination cards to attend sittings.
Among made the statement during her communication to
MPs during the Thursday afternoon plenary sitting.
She noted that legislators need to lead by example
so that the citizens are encouraged to take up the Covid-19 vaccines.
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This is the second time that the leadership in
Parliament is making a communication in regard to corona virus vaccination and a
requirement for legislators to attend sittings.
In August, the Parliament Director of Communication
and Public Affairs, Chris Obore told journalists that MPs who have not been
vaccinated against the corona virus would not be allowed to attend parliament
This statement came when parliament was then on a
working recess to assess the
impact of the Emyooga program in their constituencies and parliament was
planning to resume sittings in the Chamber that has a capacity of only 100
Members of Parliament and abandon using tents.
Obore then said that
when sittings resume, only fully vaccinated MPs with certificates would be
allowed access to avoid Covid-19 infections.
"We are going to resume using the Chamber
because we don't want to keep spending money on tents. All members will have to
be vaccinated to attend sittings to avoid infections," he said.
Obore also said that parliament was to discuss
with different political party whips in Parliament so that their members attend
plenary sittings in shifts due to the limited space in the Chamber and to also ensure
He also then said that Parliament staff and
journalists must be fully vaccinated.
The Eleventh Parliament
has a total of 529 Members of Parliament and legislators were among the first
categories who were considered to receive Covid-19 vaccines. The parliamentary
staff and journalists reporting from Parliament have since been receiving
As one of the ways to ensure social distancing
and also curb the spread of the virus, Parliament last year shifted the
sittings from the Chamber to the Parliament Parking lot under a tent.
could host more than 300 legislators but parliament sittings have since left
the temporary chamber and according to Obore, the institution could not
continue paying for the tents to cut costs.
Parliament was paying 8.5 million
Shillings daily for the tent hire.
County MP Elijah Okupa raised concern on the floor of parliament regarding sell
of Covid-19 vaccination cards by health workers to people who have not been
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The Deputy Speaker
directed MP Okupa to disclose details of the forged vaccination cards to the Minister
of Security Jim Muhwezi so that the matter is immediately taken up.