There was drama during
the Kira municipal council meeting on Thursday when the Bweyogerere Division LC
3 Councilor, Andrew Eyelu clashed with the Speaker, Frank Ssemukuye for
convening a meeting in disregard of a ban by the president on public gathering
over corona virus.
Trouble started when
the speaker asked one of the councilors to propose a motion for the adopting of
the order paper. However, instead of a proposing for the adoption of the order
paper, Eyelu instead moved a motion proposing the postponement of the council
meeting, saying it was illegally convened.
He pointed out that the
speaker had violated the presidential directive banning all public gatherings
as part of the preventive measures against Corona Virus, which spreads through
contact with droplets of an infected person.
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Eyelu also raised
concern about the venue of the meeting, which was held in a closed conference
hall and the sitting arrangement. Councilors sat close to each other in
violation of the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry that recommended at
least a distance of 3 meters.
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However, before completing his
submission, the Speaker, Frank Ssemukuye ordered
the councilor to resume his seat. "We are not here to waste time; we have
obligations to fulfill as leaders. We are aware of the president’s directive
but our budget must be laid. We have a deadline to meet," the speaker
ruled before Eyelu matched out of the meeting.
To Eyelu, the budget wasn't a matter of life and death. He appealed
to the speaker to call off the meeting or change the venue to a well-aerated
place and appropriate sitting arrangement. However, the speaker couldn’t
have any of this as she insisted that the meeting could last for only an hour.
exchange between the speaker and Eyelu drew murmurs from other councilors. Minutes
after Eyelu walked out of the council meeting, the Speaker ordered the clerk to
council not to pay him his allowances unless he writes a formal apology for
causing commotion in the house.
Addressing the council meeting, the Kira
Municipal Mayor, Julius Mutebi noted that they
were very much aware of the concerns of the 'honorable councilor' but said they
had an obligation to pass the budget.
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Council proceeded and passed the 2020/20121 financial year
budget estimates worth Shilling 27.6 billion majorly focusing on infrastructure
development. On Wednesday evening, President, Yoweri
Museveni announced a ban on all political and cultural activities as a means to
curb the spread of the Coronavirus that has so far claimed over 8000 people and
affected over 200,000 people around the world.