Ugandan MPs dodge interaction with voters

Ugandan MPs dodge interaction with voters
Parliament of Uganda main entrance

Hundreds of voters were stuck on Wednesday following the failure by their area legislators to turn up at parliament for an interactive session dubbed “Ask Your MP“. The session was part of the activities organised by parliament to commemorate this year’s parliamentary week.

Several voters turned up at parliament to interact with their legislators in response to public invitations made by parliament but left disappointed as their MPs were no show. The voters were instead taken for a guided tour around the house.

Joseph Nsabiyumba, a law student is one the voters from Nakaseke district who turned up to interact with his area MPs. Nsabiyumba says he saw this as an opportunity to meet the legislators to address his concerns after trying to connect with them severally in vain.

Despite failing to meet his MPs, Nsambiyumba, said he was happy to meet some of the vocal MPs he always sees in media like Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the county MP and his Kinkizi East counterpart, Chris Baryomunsi.

Tumukunde Yudah also voter from Nakaseke district says his interest was to ask MPs who amended the scrapping of article 102b to lift the presidential age limit why they acted against the will of their voters.

Ronald Mwesigye, a student from Kanungu district, said although he saw Dr Chris Baryomunsi entering the house, he didn’t get a chance to interact with him.

He however, said he had a wonderful tour around Parliament. Parliamentary staff took the voters around Parliament as some of them waited for their MPs in the tents.

Parliamentary staff also set up stalls with responsible officers to attend to the visitors. The stalls include that of the office of the Speaker, Leader of Opposition, Clerk’s office, Department of Research and Department of Communication among others.

This publication found the Leader of Opposition, Winnifred Kiiza speaking to the visitors in her stall.

Legislators like Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the Kyadondo East MP came in with his voters. We also saw MPs Betty Aol Ochan, the Gulu Woman MP patiently waiting for her voters to show up.

The Parliament Week activities will climax with the highly billed Public Parliament where the speaker is expected to invite selected members of the public to debate the MPs on the topic “Budget allocations and their impact on service delivery”. The proceedings of the Sitting will be recorded in the Hansard and the resolutions presented to the Speaker.