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The public will be the judge! Kadaga gives up on absentee Ministers

Speaker Kadaga asked MPs to less mind the absence of ministers, saying that they will be judged by the public (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has called on lawmakers to settle for the few ministers willing to respond to questions raised by electorates saying, it will be the public to judge them for their dodgy conduct saying there is nothing else Parliament can do about cabinet’s uncouth conduct.

Kadaga’s remarks were in response to a concern raised by Moses Kasibante (Rubaga North) who complained of the disrespectful Ministers who failed to show up to answer questions raised by MPs with these items having remained unanswered for a number of months.

Among the items that remained unanswered included the alleged irregular and fraudulent deductions from emoluments of civil servants in Agago District by some micro-finance Institution raised by Akello Franca, District Women Representative, Agago) by Minister of State for Micro Finance, Haruna Kasolo.

The importation of foot and mouth disease-stricken heads of cattle from Tanzania and counterfeit acaricide-dextatix from Zimbabwe by a one, Mulindwa; raised by Rwakoojo Gureme Robina, MP Gomba County West by Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempijja.

Power blackout at Nsambya Police Barracks that has lasted over two months and its consequences on the security of the area and its surroundings; raised by Hon. Luttamaguzi Paulson Semakula, MP Nakaseke County South by Minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odong.

The provision of Sanitary Pads to Girl Students raised by Hon. Atim Cecilia Ogwal, District Woman Representative, Dokolo  by Minister for Presidency, Esther Mabyo.

Blockage of Sironko-Muyembe- Nakapiripirit road due to floods; raised by Anyakun Esther, MP Nakapiripirit by Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba.

The State of fire-fighting equipment of the Uganda Police raised by Ndamira Catherine Atwakire, District Woman Representative,  Kabale that was meant to be responded to by Minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odong.

The arrest, detention and torture of Ms. Atim Jamila Asha by operatives of the Internal Security Organisation [ISO] at a safe house in Kyengera; raised by Hon. Wadri Kassiano Ezati, MP Arua Municipality to be answered by Minister of Security, Elly Tumwine.

The poor road network in some parts of Agago District, particularly Kilak corner-Moroto via Abim; Lukee Bridge-Patongo-Kalongo-Bulugi section between Lukee to Kalongo]; and Adilang-Lirakato-Lapono-Paimol-Omiya-Pacwa to Namukora; raised by Hon. Akello Judith Franca, Agago District Woman Representative and was meant to be answered by Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba.

The status of the BKK Ferry and attempts to shift the dock from Okile in Kobululu Sub County to Akampala in Ochero Sub County raised by Hon. Okupa Elijah, MP Kasilo County was supposed to be answered by Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba.

However, when the Ministers were called to respond, they were no show prompting the Speaker to register them as absent.

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