COVID-19 Crisis: Parliament to Pay Tribute to Museveni for Exemplary and Insightful Leadership

NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba

Parliament is expected to pay tribute to President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday, for his exemplary and insightful leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

This will be in a motion tabled by Kole North MP, Bonny Desales Okello as revealed by the Parliament order paper of the 47

th sitting of the 3rd meeting of the 4th session of the 10th Parliament.

President Museveni has been hailed by a number of stakeholders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic who include; the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Washington Post among others.

The measures that have been put in place by the President have been proved to have helped stem the spread of the virus in the country.

Recently, Kenyans took to the social media and appreciated the able leadership of President Museveni that has saved the Ugandan population from more infections and death.

A number of measures were at the start of the pandemic announced by the President and they include closure of schools, religious gatherings, entertainment centres, both private and public transport as well as the closure of the country’s border points and International Airport.

The President has recently ordered for mandatory wearing of face masks by all people in public places as the country embarks on a phased opening of the lock

It should be noted that last week, Parliament passed a motion accusing President Museveni of lashing against legislators when he termed the MP’s act of allocating themselves Shs 20m off the COVID-19 supplementary budget as morally reprehensible.

The MPs noted that it was wrong for the president to address the MPs on such a matter yet there are proper communication channels that he would have followed.

The MPs motion expressing displeasure with the President’s response on the shs 20m enlisted a lot of baclash from members of the public who observed that Parliament is not above the law. Others wondered whether the MPs would pass a similar motion expressing displeasure with Ugandans’ condemnation of Parliament’s act amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

The same members of the public had in the wake of media reports that the Parliament Commission led by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had alloted a total of Shs 10 Billion to individual Members of Parliament, asked the President to intervene and save the 10Bn from being put to personal use by the MPs.

A number of MPs said the Shs 10 Bn was not on the documents initially presented to them and that the item was smuggled into Parliament. At the time, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga advised MPs not to discuss the media reports about the money alloted to individual MPs and leave the matter to her and the Parliament Commission.

Several MPs have since returned the Shs 20m following a court order.


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