An invitation letter authored by Denis Hamson Obua, the Government Chief Whip, and Chairperson of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus directed all the 336 members of the Caucus to undertake a mandatory Coronavirus test at Parliament which ends today at 5:00 pm.
Kaguta Museveni has summoned a National Resistance Movement– NRM Parliamentary
Caucus meeting, set for Thursday, September 28th, 2023, at State House,
Entebbe. An invitation letter, authored by Denis Hamson Obua, the Government
Chief Whip and Chairperson of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, has directed all
336 Caucus members to undergo a mandatory Coronavirus test at Parliament,
which ends today at 5:00 pm.
"Only members who have taken the test
with the prescribed service provider at the Parliamentary Conference Hall B
will be allowed to attend the meeting," reads part of the Government Chief
Whip’s letter, September 26th letter. The letter did not specify the
agenda for the meeting, which is scheduled to commence at noon and will be
chaired by the President, who also serves as the Chairperson of the ruling NRM
The primary function of the Caucus is to
deliberate and adopt a common position on parliamentary matters before they are
presented for debate in the House. When a common position is adopted, Caucus
members are expected to support that position during parliamentary sessions. The most recent Caucus meeting took place in
May at the National Leadership Institute - NALI, Kyankwanzi, where the
President encouraged legislators to promote the Parish Development Model - PDM
in their respective constituencies.
Alex Brandon Kintu, the NRM Caucus
Spokesperson, informed URN that the meeting aims to review the progress made in
implementing the party's 2021-2026 manifesto. The party's priorities include creating wealth
and jobs, providing education and healthcare, ensuring justice and equity,
protecting life and property, and achieving economic and political integration.
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However, anonymous sources within the Caucus
revealed that some of the key agenda items may include addressing issues such
as the influx of Balalo pastoralists in Northern Uganda, the ongoing ethnic
tensions between the Madi and Acholi communities over the ownership of Apaa land,
and concerns about corruption in the country.
Another issue to be discussed is the
continuous absenteeism of Ministers during parliamentary sessions, which has
hindered effective debate. Uganda has 31 Cabinet Ministers and 51 State
Ministers, and each docket must be represented during plenary sessions. Only one position of State Minister is vacant following the
assassination of Col. (Rtd) Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo, the State Minister
for Labour, Employment, and Industrial Relations who was gunned down by his
bodyguard in May.
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among,
expressed frustration over the Ministers' absenteeism on September 6, 2023,
leading to the adjournment of the 26th plenary sitting of the 1st meeting of
the 3rd session of the 11th Parliament. She later announced a 2-week recess for
the 559 legislators and adjourned the House indefinitely (sine die) on
September 7. Speaker Among cited the need to hold discussions with the
President to address the Ministers' behavior, which has left critical matters
to be addressed by backbenchers and hindered legislators from raising urgent
issues affecting their constituents.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.