Special Sittings Strain Parliament Coffers

cheapest sans-serif; font-size: small; font-weight: normal; line-height: 200%; text-align: start;”>The Director Finance and Administration, Mr. Okello Obabaru, said “It’s not only about bringing bodies and paying last respects. As (Parliament) management we are having financial and logistical pressures, because we have to feed entire families (of the deceased) and other service providers.”

Parliament on Friday this week scheduled to hold a Special Session in honour of the late Hon. Clement Obonyo, who was MP in the 4th Parliament and in the Constituent Assembly.

This will be the third Special sitting in a period of three weeks.

Okello Obabaru said although the decision to honour a deceased with a State Funeral lies with the Executive, most times Members of Parliament lobby the Speaker and the President to grant such a burial.


“In future we should budget for these funerals or ask the Executive to fully fund them,” he said.

Parliament Commissioner Hon. Rose Akol (NRM, Bukedea district) said Special sittings take up time that would otherwise be for legislative work.

“We take a full day paying respect to persons, who have passed away. We have set a precedent. We must be able to perform our duties as we pay our respects to the dead,” she said.

Hon. Akol proposed that Special sittings be held in the morning to allow the ordinary sessions to meet in the afternoon.

Hon. Stephen Tashobya (NRM, Kajara), the Chairperson of the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, tasked the Commissioner to follow up the matter in the Parliamentary Commission and develop a policy on state burials, laying in state and Special Parliament sittings.

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