December 7, 2021

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MPs disagree on nuclear weapons treaty

Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Hon Mapenduzi Ojara

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Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Hon Mapenduzi Ojara has moved a motion urging government to sign and ratify a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Hon Mapenduzi told parliament on Tuesday that the delay by Uganda to sign and ratify the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear weapons diminishes Uganda’s standing on the international stage where Uganda  is recognized as a model country in handling matters of international concern.

The first meeting of state parties to the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is on 22 March 2022 in New York and for Uganda to be represented, she ought to have signed, ratified and deposited the ratification instrument at the UN by 22 Dec 2021.

Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho said nuclear material is very dangerous.

“We should not only limit ourselves to the weapons but we also need to look at the materials. The effects of nuclear are adverse. People exposed to these materials have their DNA altered.”

Hon Lee Denis Oguzu opposed the motion urging Uganda to sign and ratify the treaty on nuclear weapons.

“This is a security issue that should have been studied by the security agencies before we commit. Nuclear treaties are negotiated to curb ambitions of super powers.”

Amolatar District Woman Representative, Hon Agnes Atim said anything that affects the lives of the people like nuclear weapons has to be controlled.

“We need to sign and ratify the treaty against these weapons as any thing that causes tragedy must be stopped.”

Sheema Municipality MP Dicksons Kateshumbwa asked the movers of the motion to do more research and engage government to understand why the government and other countries in the East African region have not signed and ratified the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Hon.Batuwa Timothy has asked government to look at incentives available behind signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

He said that the government should look at the benefits rather than just signing for formality.

Hon. Sarah Opendi said that once nuclear weapons are not controlled they can cause adverse effects to communities.

She suggested that the Motion be sent to the relevant committee to interface with relevant government agencies to understand why Government has not ratified the treaty.

The motion for signing and ratification of the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Speaker Jacob Oulanyah directed the committee to extensively peruse and study the motion and report back to the House.

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