Parliament on Thursday voted against a proposal to have all Public
holidays that fall on weekends moved to weekdays to give Ugandans enough time
to feel true meaning of public holiday.
Juliet Kyinyamatama Suubi, the woman MP Rakai district had
sought permission of the house to introduce a bill entitled “the public holidays
(amendment) bill, 2020” but this was outrighting rejected by the house when the
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put the question to the house.
In her justification, Kyinyamatama who had 10 minutes
allocated to her to defend her bill said Public holidays do not have meaning if
they fall on weekends, as many people
stay away from celebrating it and also prefer to rest on that day in
preparation for work.
She said for example the forth coming women's day of 8th
March on Sunday will not get the required attention it deserves as many people
will be preparing for work on Sunday. Kyinyamata also the the proposal would
give Ugandans actual rest days as weekends with no additional obligations.
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Before she could proceed however, members interrupted her
with many hesitant on the move. When the Speaker Kadaga asked for seconders of
the proposal, it took a minute until two members second Kyinyamatama’s motion.
When Kadaga put the question forward, the MPs who respond “nay”
in objection of the proposal were more
than those who responded “aye” in support of the move.