Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has said the appointees of Vice President and Prime Minister will be approved by a simple majority of the House in accordance with the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure.
Oulanyah Thursday told the House that he was in receipt of communication from NUP appointing Hon Mathias Mpuuga as the Leader of the Opposition and Hon John Baptist Nambeshe the Chief Opposition Whip.
He then invited Hon Mpuuga to address the House.
Hon Mpuuga pledged to work and “look forward to harmonious working relations with colleagues on the right and I will be at the service of the House”.
Hon Nambeshe consented to the appointment to the Office of Chief Opposition Whip.
“I will discharge my roles and functions as stipulated in the Rules of Procedure.”
MPs test positive for Covid19
The Speaker said Parliament has confirmed cases of COVID19 among Members and staff and calls for care as the House conducts business.
This follows concerns by some MPs that their colleagues have been denied entry into Kololo due to lack of test results.
The tests were carried out by a medical team from the Special Forces Command but there have been delays in release of the same to the MPs this morning.
“These are difficult times; whatever keeps us safe, we must hold onto it. We should not politicize a pandemic of this nature. The challenge is, because of the numbers, the results take longer than before,” he said.
“The managers of this process should pull up their socks and make this happen. I announced the days of the testing but if results are not out, it is unacceptable. However, we cannot take any risks,” added Oulanyah.