Budget Day: Anti-sleeping Tricks Betray MPs


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When media came out full blast a couple of years ago and started exposing the honourable sleeping giants, the population was engulfed in shock.

As newsstands held out glaring pictures of ‘half-dead’ top national leaders in the middle of the State of the Nation Address, Ugandans couldn’t help asking what ailed this contemporary crop of politicians.

What started as a tabloid gig, was gradually taken on by the mainstream media.

Each year, the dozing politicians were shamed: and now we can reveal that a slight change is noticeable.

Some grabbed pens and drew up some cartoons to kill off the time

During yesterday’s Budget reading, several members were seen taking vows to stay awake through the proceedings.

Some boasted of how they had not dozed off in the last two Budget readings, while others were seen begging media not to take shots when they are overwhelmed by the bug.

“It’s not that we are too sleepy. It’s only that these events happen in the afternoon when we have finished lunch,” Works Minister and Ibanda South MP John Byabagambi confessed while chatting with scribes upon arriving at the conference center.

As famous adage goes: Since men have learnt to shoot without missing, birds have learnt to fly without perching.

With scores of mean-faced scribes, wielding 350mm lens Nickons and Canons, patrolling each corner of hall for the dozers, honourable members too have come up with a number of tricks to avoid being the laughing stock the following morning.

Who said Ssabalywanyi doesn’t get tired

For some members of course these tricks did work perfectly well, while others were betrayed– they snored away.


Sleepy members found refuge in some bit of team work. They struck deal with their neighbours: When you see those guys coming around you knock me with the elbow!

This worked particularly well for Electoral Commission boss Eng Badru Kiggundu, and former KCC Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala Hon Betty Bigombe, but not for Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere.

Moses Ali couldnt find any working trick

Cold Water

Though the room was literally iced up by powerful air conditioners, the honourable members would need more coolants to stay awake. So they grabbed bottles and sipped. This wasn’t much successful though.

Fresh air

Overpowered by the notorious bug, some members chose to stroll outside and catch some fresh air in the ambient Serena gardens. This is ever perfect. Ask Gen Kayihura, or Hon Margret Kiboijana.

Keep focused

Not even the bottles of Rwenzori water could help

Knowing how those Maria Kiwanuka’s figures and economic phrases sound like lullabies to many, some came armed tabloid newspapers, and what appeared to be some interesting magazines, and of course their iPads to keep them busy and alert.


Facebook friends will keep you alive, as a must. Gen Elly will testify

Those that had nothing to focus on, endeavoured to start up an irrelevant but interesting conversation with their neighbours and kept it alive for as long as they could. You cannot talk and sleep at the same. Can you?


Yes, relief finally came once the closing remarks and anthems were sounded. The members converged down in the Serena gardens and drank to their health and victory against the terrorist bug.

Finally, the battle is over


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