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Parliament Postpones Plenary Session

However, a new later dated 9th January authored by Paul G Wabwire on behalf of the Clerk to Parliament indicates that commencement of plenary sitting has been rescheduled to Tuesday 21st January 2020.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga speaking to journalists after Christmas service
Parliament has postponed plenary for the second time in a space of two weeks.

Plenary was meant to resume on the 7th of January, but a letter from the Clerk to Members of Parliament postponed the sitting to 14th January.

However, a new later dated 9th January authored by Paul G Wabwire on behalf of the Clerk to Parliament indicates that commencement of plenary sitting has been rescheduled to Tuesday 21st January 2020.

“I am directed to inform you that the commencement of the plenary session has been rescheduled from Tuesday 14th January to Tuesday 21st January” the letter reads.

The letter urges the different committees of Parliament to utilize the extension of the period given to finalize reports on the budget framework without fail.

The letter also states the current notice supersedes the one issued on 3rd January 2020 which has said Plenary resumes on 14th.

“Any inconvenience caused are highly regretted”, the letter copied to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, the Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Leader of Opposition, the Government Chief Whip,  and the Opposition chief whip.

The postponement comes at a time when both Speakers Kadaga and Oulanyah are out of the county. Kadaga is in Canada, while Oulanyah is in Germany.

It is not clear if the absence of the two speakers is the main reason for the postponement of the plenary sessions.

It is not the first time that plenary is suspended in Parliament. On 28th November plenary session been cancelled due to a training workshop by the Parliament’s Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCO) training workshop.    

Majority of Parliament staff and Members of Parliament save in the Parliamentary SACCO.