Parliament Pays Tribute To Mandela Without Cabinet


sick sickness sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Unlike other sessions in which few members usually attend, Tuesday was fully attended purposely to see that Uganda parliament also joins the hundreds of other parliaments like British House of Commons and others in honouring the memory of Mandela.

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Unfortunately, the whole government front bench meant for 76 ministers was totally clean without the ever visible huge figures like Moss Ali, Sam Engola, Kahinda Otafire etc, upon which members raised concerns to the speaker demanding to know what was happening.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the frightened members that she had received the communication yesterday “that the Cabinet was away for a retreat when she had already asked the house to sit and pay tribute to late the Mandela on Tuesday and cannot reverse the decision since the memorial service is taking place today”.

“Hon members, I got a letter from the executive only yesterday when I had already communicated about this sitting and I am wondering why they did so because we are always together here. There was no room for postponing and we shall finish now,” Kadaga told the House.

When contacted on phone, the minister without Portfolio and Political Mobilisation, Richard Todwong, blamed the Speaker for “knowing and ignoring their request that the House resumes on Thursday when they are done with the retreat”.

“They knew we were in a cabinet retreat which ends tomorrow. Our absence is not intentional and we thought since parliament handles government programmes, they would have waited and called for the session on Thursday” Todwong put in.

The motion to pay tribute which used to be traditionally moved by the Prime Minister and the leader of government business was on the contrary moved by the leader of opposition, Nandala Mafabi, who usually seconds the motion.

Mafabi moved the motion and was seconded by the Commissioner and Bunyole MP, Emmanuel Dombo (NRM).

Mafabi praised Mandela as the only general to have ever fought without a gun and defeated the well-armed Apartheid regime in South Africa which inspired the whole world and resulted into a far success of peace, freedom, equality, and respect of one another.

“Mandela shall ever remain a general who battled without a single gun but won against a very strong apartheid regime which set the example across the world. Freedom, peace, equality and respect irrespective of colours, tribe etcn is because of him,” Mafabi eulogised.

Meanwhile, the Bush War Veteran, Gen. Elly Tumwine observed that Mandela is the most unique human specie to have ever happened in the world and shall take centuries for his replica to be produced.

The resolution of parliament together with the condolence being signed in parliament shall be flown to the late Mandela’s family in South Africa.


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