The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has today asked Members of
Parliament to refrain from using unparliamentary language while debating,
saying the debates are broadcasted live to all Ugandans.
This is after Manjia County MP and Opposition Whip John Baptist
Nambeshe talked about sex during the Parliamentary session in the middle of a
motion seeking to urge Government to ensure free medication for diabetes and
high blood pressure. Nambeshe said sex was a form of exercise.
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He also said several foods and drinks were in the market that
are affecting the health of Ugandans. He says certain drinks made people
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His statement made several members of Parliament
uncomfortable questioning if Nambeshe was in order. Anthony Alden Esenu, the MP Kapelebyong County said their
families were watching them live on TV and several Ugandans as well. He asked
if it is in order for Nambeshe to use such language in Parliament.
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Just on Wednesday, Ayivu East
MP Geoffrey Feta said that MPs use
10000 condoms every month wondering what legacy parliament will leave behind to
the next generation suggesting that MPs ought to be good examples.
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This led the Speaker of Parliament Oulanyah to advise
MPs against the use of such language. Although Nambeshe said he was a biology teacher,
Oulanyah said that the Parliament sitting was not a biology conference neither
is it a scientific symposium. He said members should accord the house the kind
of respect that it deserves, and that certain words can only be used in private
meetings that are unrestricted.