Some Members of Parliament have expressed mixed feelings as
President Yoweri Museveni delivers the State of the Nation address to Parliament
using zoom, a popular online conferencing app.
After Parliament and State House moved back and forth between Kololo grounds, State
House and Parliament as the venue for the State of the Nation
Address by the President, it was decided that the President uses zoom to deliver the address.
However, some MPs note that there is a risk the President may not communicate
well with MPs and the nation, in case of interruptions.
Cyrus Aogon, the Kumi Municipality MP says that they want to hear the President's
strategy for the economy. He is however worried
that the attendance of MPs will be low usual since the
President will speak online.
He also says there could be issues with the internet which could disrupt the address.
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Margaret Lamwaka, the Woman MP Kitgum district, however, thinks
the direction taken by the President is right. Lamwaka says she and her colleagues in Parliament have
used the zoom to communicate.
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Driwaru Zaitun, the Woman MP Yumbe says that there could be a communication gap since the President has always interacted with MPs and shared light moments.
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Reagan Okumu the Aswa MP wondered why the President did not come to Parliament
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Helen Kaweesa, the Acting Director Parliament Corporate and Public
Affairs says that Parliament has already experienced using zoom and there should
be no concerns. However by 10: 00 am, staff from Parliament's communication department was still testing zoom technology.