Parliament is set to close for two weeks starting Monday, June 28, 2021 as Uganda battles the second wave of COVID-19. This according to a June 22 communication addressed to members of parliament by Henry Waiswa, the Deputy Clerk to Parliament in charge of Corporate Affairs.
“Parliament of Uganda like the rest of the country has been affected by the second wave of Covid-19 with a positivity rate of 17 percent. As a mitigating measure in the prevention of Covid-19 infection, the administration of parliament in consultation with the office of the Speaker is closing parliament to Hon. Members of Parliament for a period of two weeks in order to disinfect the parliamentary building” reads part of the communication to the MPs.
According to Waiswa, the notice will take effect from Monday, 28 June 2021 to Sunday, 11 July 2021, saying all MPs are advised to adhere to the instruction. Just last week, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament, Chris Obore said that more than 100 of the over 3,000 people tested for COVID-19 to attend the different Parliamentary events in June tested positive.
“Out of all those tested for the events, approximately 100 came out positive,” Obore said. He, however, clarified that the larger category of people were tested for COVID-19, saying positive cases are not only among MPs but include members of staff, security and protocol officers among others.
The decision to suspend the house comes a week after the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among adjourned the House sine die on Monday last week shortly after the approval of Vice President Jessica Alupo and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
According to data from the Health Ministry, Uganda has registered 73,409 positive COVID-19 cases with 722 more cases confirmed on June 22, 2021. On the same day, 34 people succumbed to the deadly virus. URN