Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament said that the matter of absentee Ministers including the leader of Government Business and Chief Whip should be brought to the attention of the President.
Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament has sought
President Museveni’s intervention after ministers
failed to attend plenary.
Several ministers were absent during plenary on Wednesday
with the exception of the Minister of Gender Frank Tumwebaze.
By 5:00 Pm when the house was adjourned, there were less than 30
Members of Parliament in the chambers.
Several items on the order paper were not tabled due to failure by
Ministers to attend plenary.
They included debate on the payment of South Sudan traders by Minister of Finance,
Distribution of Tarmac roads by the Minister of Works and laying of documents by the
Ministry of Energy, among others.
Some of the Minsters who who lost and were absent included the Finance Minister in
Charge of Investment Evelyn Anite, Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny (Minister
Northern Uganda Affairs) Gabriel Agedra (Minister of State for Finance-(General
Duties), and John Byabagambi (State Minister Karamoja Affairs) did not
According to Ogwal, MPs were deliberately dodging the house simply
because they lost primaries and were now not interested in attending plenary. Ogwal said that the matter of absentee Ministers including the
leader of Government Business and Chief Whip should be brought to the attention
of the President.
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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says that it is unfortunate that Ministers
accuse Parliament of failing to perform its role, yet they are always absent
from plenary. She said that despite being
defeated in the NRM party primaries, the Ministers needed to attend plenary until their term ends in May next year.
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Several MPs who lost the NRM flag did not turn up in Parliament on
Tuesday and Wednesday except David Abala the Ngora MP, Geoffrey Macho the MP
Busia Municipality and Paul Akamba the Busiki MP and Mitooma Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka
Buyamba County MP Amos Mandera said that he was not prepared
to attend plenary because he had competing priorities. He says the timing of
recalling the plenary was wrong as some MPs are still battling with petitions.
“It was just a matter of bad timing, we did not dodge plenary but
had other issues to take care of. But also several MPs who retained their flag
did not show up, it is not only those who lost” Mandera said.
James Waluswaka, the Bunyole West MP who did not appear on
Wednesday and Tuesday said that there have been elections and he has been
engaged in them.
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On Wednesday, some MPs who lost on Wednesday said that they would not be
contesting as independent candidates in the 2021 elections.