Parliament has come out to refute reports in the media that one of the legislators was diagnosed with COVID-19.
On Wednesday, media reports indicated that a female Member of Parliament who attended Plenary on Tuesday had tested positive for COVID-19.
Aruu county MP, Samuel Odonga Otto posted in a Parliamentary WhatsApp group that he had been tipped off that one legislator had been infected with the virus.
“I have just been tipped to get out of Parliament that Ugandan Female MP tested positive for Corona Virus… the information should be made public why are they hiding it. She was in Parliament yesterday,” wrote Aruu County MP, Samuel Odonga Otto in a Parliamentary WhatsApp group.
The claim by Otto has however been refuted by Parliament through the Communication Department which denied knowledge of any MP who has contracted Covid.
“The Parliament of Uganda also clarifies that to date, it has no knowledge of any Member of Parliament having tested positive for Covid-19. Parliament maintains that information relating to one’s status remains a confidential issue until one chooses to reveal it,” noted the Communication Department.
The document further read, “If Parliament were at risk, it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health to advise accordingly and to take the necessary measures as has been the case with other incidents in the country.”
It comes after the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga ordered for a mass testing of COVID-19 of all Members of Parliament (MPs) and Parliament staff.
“Sometime back some members had requested that the Ministry of Health organizes mass screening for COVID-19 among the members. I am glad to inform you that they have now completed screening Cabinet. And starting from tomorrow, we shall be able to do the screening here from morning,” Kadaga said.
She added that, “We shall first screen the MPs and then later deal with the staff and others. So starting tomorrow, at our health centre, you can go and get tested but we shall have to cluster you because we don’t want all of us to be there at the same time.”