The reduction also means that only 20 media houses of the over 50 will be able to cover Parliament events.
Minister of State for Teso Affairs, Dr. Ongalo Obote speaking to journalists at parliament. Photo by Olive Nakatudde
Parliament has further reduced the number of journalists
covering activities in the August house to only 30 down from 60.
As a measure of observing the Parliament standard operating
procedures -SOPs to guard against COVID-19, Parliament had last month reduced
the total number of journalists covering the institution to 60 from the
accredited over 200.
The reduction also means that only 20 media houses of the
over 50 hitherto covering Parliament events will be able to continue.
Now, a new move to further regulate the number of
journalists entering Parliament has seen the number go down to only 30
Journalists, a move which has left those left out frustrated despite
explanations from the Parliaments Communications and Public Affairs -CPA Department.
According to a statement issued by Hellen Kawesa, the CPA
Assistant Director, only journalists on the list will be allowed in. She says
this will be so until further notice.
“Media houses with more than two persons listed are requested to ensure that only two
reporters from the same media house are at Parliament at any time,” Kawesa says.
Journalists have also been prohibited from hanging around
the foyer and the corridors of Parliament.
Parliament will be closed for the next two weeks in order to
curb the rampant spread of COVID-19.
Although social media has been awash with information that
several MPs and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 virus, Parliament
said of all the 500 MPs tested for the different events, only 14 tested
positive and where out of danger.
Journalists will have to carry sanitiser with them whenever
they are entering and around Parliament.
Parliament is expected to enhance their coverage of live
events and also ensure real time presentation of events at Parliament to the
journalists who are not in its precincts.