Oulanyah plans certificates over ministers missing plenary

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Deputy Speaker Oulanyah

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah says he is planning to award certificates of attendance as a way of dealing with ministers who keep missing plenary.

“I will prepare some certificates to ministers who have been attending parliament regularly,” he announced during Thursday plenary.

“There are faces I see here regularly; the ministers of health do very well; the works ministers do very well. I may have to tell HE so that…”

This followed a Wednesday session where the front bench occupied by ministers was nearly empty.

Oulanyah cited the minister of State for internal affairs Obiga Kania, minister of State for Works, Gen Katumba Wamala and Health Ministers, Dr Ruth Aceng, Dr Sarah Opendi and Joyce Moriku Kaducu, David Bahati, the minister of State for Planning as some of the ministers who attend regularly.

In April last year, Oulanyah cautioned Cabinet Ministers against skipping House business, saying 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.

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”.

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