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Parliament Yet to Receive Ministry Report on Dead MP Alupo

Despite having not received a report to confirm cause of death from the health ministry the assistant director for communication and public affairs at Parliament Helen Kaweesa says Pariament will proceed with its program of a special sitting next week until advised otherwise by the health ministry.
Pallisa District Woman MP Faith Alupo Taking Oath in 2018

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Even in the absence of a health report from the ministry of health, Parliament is proceeding with preparations for a special sitting to pay tribute to the late woman MP for Pallisa Faith Alupo next week.

Alupo passed away at Mulago hospital on Tuesday this week with the cause of death yet to be revealed by both parliament and the ministry of health.

A brother to the deceased Ismael Omoding however told the press on Tuesday that his sister was first admitted to Nakasero hospital on September 8th, 2020 with chest pain and difficulty in breathing. He confirmed that test results turned positive for COVID-19. This information is however yet to be corroborated by the health ministry.

The health ministry has teams that are trained to carry out safe and dignified burials of COVID-19 victims since the bodies are believed to be highly infectious and a risk to the deceased’s family, undertakers and mourners if not managed well.

However, despite having not received a report to confirm cause of death from the health ministry the assistant director for communication and public affairs at Parliament, Hellen Kaweesa says Parliament will proceed with its program of a special sitting next week until advised otherwise by the health ministry.

The special sitting is a norm preceded by the deceased lying in state in the Foyer of Parliament for the public to pay their last respects.

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The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga during Thursday’s sitting informed members of parliament that they will be able to pay their respect to the late legislator on Tuesday next week and the program will start with the body lying in state in the morning before parliament pays tribute in the afternoon during a 2pm session.

Despite having not provided a formal report three days after the death of the MP, Kawesa says the ministry is aware of their preparations and will advise appropriately should the need arise.

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