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Plenary Flops Over Lack of Quorum

This afternoon, the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga was forced to adjourn the house to Thursday when less than 15 MPs turned up for plenary.

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Parliament has started to feel the effects of the just concluded 2016 parliamentary elections, which saw over 70 percent of incumbent legislators lose their seats. This afternoon, the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga was forced to adjourn the house to Thursday when less than 15 MPs turned up for plenary.

The front bench was also empty, as ministers were attending a Cabinet meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kyandondo East MP blamed the absence of his colleagues on the aftermath of the elections.

Ssemujju said it would be hard for the losers to attend sittings given that their term of office ends in May. He suggests that the transition period between the elections and when the next Parliament convenes should be shortened to avoid such incidences.

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Franca Judith Akello, the Agago Woman MP concurs with Ssemujju. She explains that many MPs who lost are still in shock over their loss and therefore wouldn't be able to commit time to attend sittings and debate on matters of national importance. 

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Works and Transport Minister, Engineer John Byabagambi defended his cabinet colleagues, stating that their meeting took long, adding that they had communicated to Parliament about the matter.

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Kadaga announced that the newly elected legislators will be sworn in on May 16, 17 and 18.

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