The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa is meeting up to 50 Journalists a day after President Museveni announced a one-month ban on all public meetings.
The meeting room where Journalists are meant to meet the Chief Whip
The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa is meeting up to 50
Journalists a day after President Museveni announced a one-month ban on all
public meetings and gatherings.
President Museveni on Wednesday banned all large gatherings in what has been
described as a partial lockdown.
“Then the next category of mass meetings are the political or cultural ─ Public
rallies, conferences, elections, etc. All these are hereby forbidden for
32 days with immediate effect.” The president said.
However, on Thursday morning, a meeting that was scheduled earlier between
members of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) and the Government
chief whip Ruth Nnakabirwa is happening at the Parliaments conference hall.
The meeting that takes places every quarter, the Government Chief Whip usually
talks to journalists on how to make better their work and livelihood and also
on how media relations can be improved.
According to a copy of the agenda, URN has seen, the meeting started at 8:00 am
and will close at midday.
50 journalists from across different media houses are currently attending
Although many journalists wondered if following the Presidents directive, the
meeting would still go on, the UPPA Treasurer Apollo Tusiime sent in a
clarification to members that the meeting was on.
“Clarification members, the meeting with the Chief Whip will be
held tomorrow 19th, March 2020 in the conference Hall, at Parliament;
Time 8:00 prompt,” Tusiime said.
However, by 8:30, the meeting hall was still empty.
“Members, the Chief Whip is already here, please make your way to
Parliament conference hall,” Rose Kasigwa, the in-chargee women affairs posted
in a whatsapp group of Parliament journalists.
At the conference, the journalists are being asked to sanitize themselves before
entering the hall.
Parliament is strictly enforcing the handwashing driver, with hand
sanitizers at most of the offices.