Gov't, Parliament Seek Punitive Measures for Absentee Ministers

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In short
The one-hour debate, which was attended by less than ten ministers, attracted wide condemnation across the political divide, including the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.

Members of Parliament are pushing for stern disciplinary measures against ministers who persistently dodge plenary. The proposal stems from complaints by parliament over the deliberate absence of ministers from plenary when issues under their docket come up for discussion.
 
During the plenary on Tuesday evening, Opposition Chief Whip, Cecilia Ogwal noted that despite the fact that Parliament approved the increment of cabinet and state ministers from 42 to 80, their performance is wanting and should be looked into urgently.
 
 
Ogwal wonders why the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has been left to step in, in the absence of the errant ministers.
 
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The one-hour debate, which was attended by less than ten ministers, attracted wide condemnation across the political divide, including the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga. She lamented that the ministers have failed to table bills and motions in the House, which has affected business.
 
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Parliament is expected to break off for its first recess from October 6 to November 14.
 
 
On her part, the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa disclosed that in spite of several warnings to minister, their chronic absence has remained persistent. She demanded that Parliament comes up with sanctions.
 
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William Nzoghu, the Busongora North lamented over the continued appointment of political instead of technical ministers capable of running ministries.
 
 
Other MPs including Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza, Patrick Nsamba and Wilfred Niwagaba suggested that the Appointments and Rules committees come up with sanctions. 
 
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The 1st Deputy Prime Minister, General Moses Ali suggested that the Speaker and Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda come up with stern sanctions.
 
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The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga promised to read out the list of absentee ministers when the House resumes on Tuesday next week.
 

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.