in ceremony of the 529 Members of Parliament which climaxed yesterday was not only colorful and electrifying but also dramatic.
For the four
days since May 17th, some MPs pronounced their names with energy, while
others employed new accents when reading the oath.
were made to repeat the oath-taking for adding fancy names such as Commander, Ssalongowhich means a father to twins, Mbwatekamwa
meaning you can’t milk a dog and Majegere to imply a strong chain.
it was the dress code. Newly elected MP for Gogonyo County Derrick Orone and his wife
Shifra Orone dressed like members of the Cabin Crew on the swearing on Thursday.
There came Arua’s extraordinary Godfrey Atiku is commonly known as Papa
Wemba who escorted Ayivu East MP Geoffrey Feta dressed in a trouser close to
his chest with two belts walking majestically and dancing to sounds from Crane
performers who entertained the guests at Parliament.
couples coming to attend the swearing-in ceremony were dressed in matching
clothes, while some female MPs dressed in clothes similar to wedding gowns.
taking of Very Important Person (VIP)
like Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, renown
Ministers and some MPs in the precious
of Parliament on several occasions left
the new MPs and their families and friends paying attention and in some cases excitement.
However, the four-day session was also full of drama, especially of couples.
two women co-wives to newly elected Soroti City East Member of Parliament elect
Moses Atan Okia struggled to stand on the right-hand side of the man.
Parliament issued guidelines for members of Parliament coming to swear in
amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, members were told to come with only three people.
However, the Tuesday incidence left left many wondering.
As Okia was
led by the protocol team to the swearing-in podium, two of his wives followed
him with one walking at the front while another followed closely. However at
the podium as Okia held up a bible to take the oath, one of the women who stood
at the back caused a scene when she forced her way to the middle of the two
heard telling one of the wives to remain where she was but she forced her way standing
right in the middle of him and of the second lady. While Okia asked her to
remain there, the woman was heard saying excuse me, “this is my husband”.
back, Okia was seen talking to the lady who had forced her to come to the middle,
while the other lady continued walking silently.
“Excuse me, stand…
out:…help me God.”//
An interesting group of couples included Sarah Achieng Opendi, the Tororo District
Woman MP and husband Godfrey Atkins Katusabe the MP Bukonjo West MP who were both
sworn in on different days and did not stand by each other on the day of taking oath.
Katusabe and Opendi attended the Swearing-in ceremony with friends leaving the
For another Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among, she was escorted for the swearing
in by Budiope East MP and President of the Federation of Uganda Football Association, Moses Hassim Magogo. But on the day Magogo was taking the oath, Anita Among was not available.
Newly wed Couple Omoro Woman MP Catherine Lamwaka and Reserve Force Chief Gen Otema also
appeared elegant and attended the oath-taking together.
when it came to interacting with the media as all MPs did. Gen Otema however
guided Lamwaka against accepting interviews and yet she was being convinced by journalists to give them an
However Some of the couples came with more than one wife, and it was
Naboth Namanya, the MP Rubabo came with two wives who stood
alongside him during oath-taking.
The two women moved each on the side of the MP during the
whole exercise. The wives were busy talking to them selves when Namanya was talking to friends and fellow MPs.
Fox Odoi, the West Budama North MP also came in accompanied by his two wives who walked beside him and supported him as he took the oath.
Couple MPsThe Minister for
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Betty Amongi and Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC)
President Jimmy Akena walked in together
at the two occasions when both of them were sworn in.
New workers MP Abdu Byakatonda and the wife, Namuyangu Jenipher, the district Woman MP Pallisa were both sworn in at the presence of each other on two separate days.
The swearing-in ceremony ended with 529 MPs successfully
taking the oath. Several groups including the security, Parliament clerks, service
providers among others were seen taking pictures at the end of the function.