KAMPALA – The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga has on September 11, urged parliamentarians to behave in a professional manner during the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC).
While addressing members of parliament and protocol officers, Speaker Kadaga urged them to respect their dress code as well as avoid sexual relations with delegates.
“You know when the Tanzanians came to this country [to fight Idi Amin], there was excitement and a number of children were born in this country by the Tanzanians. We know their mothers, but we don’t know their fathers…Don’t take risks. A man from Jamaica, when will you see him again? And for the men, a woman from the Pacific, Naulu when will you ever reach there. So you must really be very careful with what you do.” she said.
Adding that “When you take them [delegates] to their rooms, stop at the door, you can put in the luggage together with the hotel waiter but don’t loiter in those rooms both women and men. Do your work and leave.”
Kadaga further noted the need for table manners as she encouraged legislators not to rush while eating even when they’re hungry.
“Drinking should be done in homes and not excessively, to avoid fumes of alcohol in the morning, there was a time, we had a shortage of motor vehicles and we borrowed a car from one of the members, it had beer bottles inside and some had poured, it brought the speaker of Oman,” she said.
This will be the second time that Uganda hosts this conference. It was last held here 52 years ago; in 1967.
Under the theme: “Adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth”, the conference will house over 1,000 guests from the 180 Commonwealth countries from September 22 to September 29 at Commonwealth Hotel, Munyonyo.