Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah made the communication on Thursday saying that the award of certificates to the Ministers will not only help improve their attendance in Parliament but also send notice to the appointing authority.
Parliament will recognize Ministers who regularly attend to issues
raised in the plenary session.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah made the communication on Thursday saying that
the award of certificates to the Ministers will not only help improve their
attendance in Parliament but also send notice to the appointing authority.
Pointing out Ministers in the Internal Affairs Ministry, Health Ministry, Works
and Transport as some who have in the past exhibited commitment to issues
raised on the floor of parliament, Oulanyah said that response to urgent
matters helps the people who are affected to get solutions.
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Oulanyah made the statement following the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda
question time in which he responded to different queries raised by MPs.
He also said that the regular attendance of Ministers helps improve the level
of engagement during plenary session.
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Yesterday, the Deputy Speaker was forced to abruptly adjourn the plenary
sitting following the absence of Ministers to respond to different queries raised
On Thursday, several Ministers turned up to attend plenary with
the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda noting that it was a good response.
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Both Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy have in the past warned Ministers
against abandoning their duties on the floor of Parliament saying their
continued absence curtails the House's business.
On several occasions, business is brought to a standstill when the front bench
is empty and several complaints made to the Prime Minister and Government Chief
Whip to ensure the attendance of at least one ministers from each