Oulanyah allows suspended MPs to return to house

Deputy speaker Oulanyah

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has called on MPs across the political divide to work together and promote harmony, understanding and dialogue in 2018.

“The year 2017 was very challenging for the Parliament of Uganda but collectively, we should not allow any reoccurrence of the incidences of 2017,” said Oulanyah.

He also said that three of the six MPs who were suspended for three sittings on 18th December 2017 who included Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kiira Municipality), Hon. Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Hon. Anthony Akol (Kilak North), having served their punishment, would be allowed back to attend House and committees on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

Oulanyah added that three other MPs: Hon. Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye Division West), Hon. Mubarak Munyagwa (Kawempe Division South) and Hon. Jonathan Odur (Erute South) are expected to resume attending Parliament business on 17th January 2018 since they were suspended for seven sittings.

The six Opposition MPs were suspended by the Speaker, Rebeca Kadaga, for disrupting House proceedings during the debate on the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017.