Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has cautioned Cabinet Ministers against skipping House business, warning that Parliament will give prominence to Private Members’ business instead.
During the Tuesday, 24 April 2018 sitting, Chief Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju sought the Speaker’s guidance after Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa responded to all issues specific to sector Ministers.
In response, Oulanyah said the Ministers’ absence frustrates House business which he said is unacceptable.
“This House needs Ministers to transact its business; we know the sectors that always show up in these matters of national importance. Is it difficult to learn the trend and deploy?” said Oulanyah.
At the commencement of every plenary sitting, MPs raise urgent matters requiring response from Ministers, but in the recent past, like was the case today, Ministers responsible were unavailable.
This saw Nankabirwa respond to all issues raised to the annoyance of Members.
Recently, Oulanyah promised to name and shame Ministers who are in the habit of absconding from plenary work, with Nankabirwa urging the Speaker to “publish the list because it will ease my work”.