The Lwemiyaga West MP, Theodore Ssekikubo asked the Speaker to suspend the house, saying there is no need to proceed, since there won’t be response from Government.
Parliament of Uganda
Plenary adjourned prematurely on Thursday due
to the absence of ministers who represent the executive in the House.
Business started around 3pm with the
communication of the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to the house, which lasted for
about 20 minutes.
After the speaker’s communication, the Oyam
Woman Member of parliament, Santa Alum asked if it was in order for the day’s
business to proceed with only three State Ministers.
She explained that the ministers were needed to
respond to some of the issues that have been pending on the order paper for
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The Lwemiyaga West MP, Theodore Ssekikubo asked the Speaker
to suspend the house, saying there is no need to proceed, since there won’t be
response from Government.
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This prompted Kadaga to suspend the house for 15
minutes to allow ministers to come in as only three were present.
Those present included the Finance State Minister
in charge of Planning David Bahati, Ethics State Minister Fr. Simon Lokodo and the
Housing State Minister, Chris Baryomunsi.
She said parliament cannot go on like this
since there are various questions that need response from government.
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URN has since learnt that several Ministers were
engaged in the visit of South Sudan President, General, Salvar Kiir his
archrival and First Vice president, Riek Machar.
This is the first time that parliamentary
business stalls due to the absence of Ministers.
On numerous occasions, the
Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa is forced to stand in on behalf of
Government to answer queries raised by legislators.