The absence of Kayunga Woman Member of Parliament (MP) and State Minister for ICT, Aidah Nantaba from Parliamentary sittings has raised worry among fellow legislators who have since asked the Prime Minister to clarify on her fate.
Since March, Nantaba has not attended any Parliamentary sitting as a legislator as well as a Minister to respond to any question within her docket.
This prompted concern from Rukungiri Municipality MP, Roland Mugume.
During the Prime Minister’s question time, Kaginda put it to the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to explain the continued absence of Nantaba from Parliament with no official communication to the August House.
He told the Prime Minister that there have been several allegations that have been raised on social media that Nantaba is under house arrest which needs to be clarified.
In a short and precise response, Rugunda noted that, “Nantaba is not under House arrest”.
It is noted that Nantaba has since missed more that the 15 Parliament sittings as provided for by the Constitution and this should raise concern as to whether she should lose her seat as a Member of Parliament.
According to Article 83 of the Constitution, a Member of Parliament may lose his or her seat if he or she is absent from 15 sittings without permission of the Speaker.
On contacting the Speaker’s Principal Press Secretary, Sam Obbo on whether the Minister officially communicated her absence to the Speaker’s office, he couldn’t tell whether such a communication has ever come before the Speaker.
“No….., I don’t know……secondly my boss is away; I would have consulted her but she is out of the country,” Obbo told our reporter in a phone interview.
Nantaba’s absence from the Parliament followed her survival from alleged assassination which led to the shooting and murder of a one Ronald Ssebulime who was a suspected assassin.
Sebulime was shot dead hand cuffed by officers of Police who were responding to an alert by Nantaba who had reported that she was suspicious of the late who was following her car.
Nantaba has since snubbed both Police and court summons on claims that she was ordred by the president to confine in her home until he orders otherwise.
“Note however that I am unable to report in person having been directed by His Excellency the President to confine within my premises until he himself instructs otherwise,” wrote Nantaba to the Director Criminal Investigations in March.