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Kadaga Writes To Gen Sejusa

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Hon. Gen, David Sejusa

MP (UPDF Representative)

RE: Continued absence from sittings of the House

As you may recall, on the 29th day of April, 2013, you sought my permission to be away from Parliament for three weeks, which I granted, commencing on the 30th day of April, 2013. Your leave ought to have expired on the 21st day of May, 2013.

On the 24th day of May 2103, through your lawyers, Luzige, Lubega, and Co Advocates you did inform me of your intention to extend your absence from the House on the ground that you were still on official duty.

You made a further request for extension of the official leave for a period of 3 (three) months on 16th August 2013 through your lawyers, Luzige, Lubega, Kavuma and Company Advocates.

Recognising that you were away, not on Parliamentary duties and before granting your request for extension of leave, I contacted the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) to establish your status as regards official duty.

The response from the CDF, contained in a letter dated 16th August 2013, under Ref: UPDF/CDF/570/A is to the effect that “as far as UPDF is concerned, Hon. Gen. Sejusa is not on any official duty of the UPDF”.

I therefore decline your request as you have not shown sufficient cause justifying the extension of leave of absence from the House as required under Rule 101(2) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament which provides that:

(2) Leave of absence may be given by the Speaker to any member who shows sufficient cause or who is away on official or parliamentary duties.

In any event my records now indicate that you have been absent from the House without the permission of the Speaker for more than 15 fifteen sittings of the House. In the circumstances, I note that your continued absence from the House is in contravention of Rule 101(6) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament which provides that:

(6) except with the permission of the Speaker, a member shall not absent himself or herself from 15 or more sittings of the House during any period when the House is continuously meeting”.

I am now constrained to invoke the powers of the Speaker under rule 101(7) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament. I hereby give you a warning for your continued absence from the House, and accordingly require you to attend the House at the next sitting of Parliament.

Rebecca A. Kadaga (MP)


Speaker of Parliament of Uganda

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