Kadaga suspends parliament over absent ministers


The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has suspended plenary after it was discovered that several meetings were missing from the Thursday parliamentary sitting.

Members raised concerns that the ministers are not present in the chambers, prompting Kadaga to suspend the House for 15 minutes.

“The Ministers must come and address the issues of the citizens, if they don’t in 15 minutes, I will adjourn,” said Kadaga while presiding over plenary.

On the Order Paper was over a dozen questions put to ministers of: Works/Transport; Local Government; Foreign Affairs; Energy; Tourism, Wildlife; Lands; Agriculture; Finance, Security and the Attorney General.

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Kadaga had earlier noted that ministers from Internal Affairs would be unavailable as they are involved with the visit of the presidents of South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Members were concerned about the absence of the ministers to answer their questions.

When Kadaga returned to the House after 15 minutes, none of the ministers were around.

“It appears the Prime Minister and his Ministers are not here to address the issues and questions raised by the Members,” she noted.

She added: “Prime Minister and Govt have abdicated their responsibilities, having given them notice to be available to answer members’ questions from the people; ‘In the circumstances I am adjourning House until next week!”

Even the Prime Minister’s Time, where Ruhakana Ruganda answers oral questions was also scheduled.

While plenary starts at 2:00pm, ministers were still absent even by 3:20pm.



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