Seven Members of Parliament travelled and spent 9 days in South Korea where the second highest number highly contagious and deadly coronavirus has been recorded in the world.
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday ordered out the Kilak North county Member of Parliament, Anthony Akol, who was among the seven MPs, over fear of the deadly virus.
Akol reported himself on the floor of Parliament on Thursday while making submissions on the unpreparedness in Uganda in the wake of the highly contagious epidemic rapidly killing in hundreds and infecting in thousands across continents. Akol told the house that he recently travelled to South Korea, the second most burdened nation after China, and then to South Africa, also affected by coronavirus but when he returned no one screened him.
The development prompted the Kasilo county MP, Elijah Okupa to quickly raise a point of procedure querying if the House is safe with Akol present.
Kadaga immediately ordered Akol to vacate the House and self-quarantine for the required days.
ChimpReports has learned that 6 other legislators went with Akol on the same trip to attend World Peace Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation, that even the Speaker and State Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Father Lokodo were also supposed to attend. Kadaga and Lokodo did not travel due to other engagements they had at the same time. The MPs who also included Jackson Mbaju Kathika of Busongora County South, Yeri Ofwono of Tororo municipality and Ibanda Rwemulikya of Ntoroko county went under a parliamentary forum on peace affiliated to the South Korean federation.
The legislators however returned when the cases of coronavirus was not prevalent in South Korea. They checked in at Entebbe International Airport on February 10 2020. The event was held from February 3 to February 8 2020 in the South Korean capital Seoul.
South Korea has by 12:30GMT (15:30 East Africa) registered 7,869 cases of coronavirus, 66 deaths and 333 recovered. South Africa has registered 17 cases.