Confusion engulfed Parliament on Tuesday when it was discovered that a number of Members and staff who travelled to Covid19 ravaged countries including United States of America and the United Arab Emirates.
Starting the plenary session on Tuesday, Speaker Rebecca announced that three legislators from the Physical Infrastructure committee and two staffs, who returned through Dubai last week, should not be allowed access to Parliament.
Members include Ssekitoleko Kafeero of Nakifuma county (Mukono), Lwengo woman MP Namujju Cissy and Ssempala Kigozi of Makindye Sabagabo municipality and their staff members.
It has however emerged that all the three legislators were not put on quarantine and they have come to Parliament both last week and this week. They were freely greeting colleagues and also used the canteen.
Another member from a high risk country is James Kakooza from Kabula county, who also appeared at Parliament on Monday. Kakooza is a member of Pan African Parliament, who were in South Africa and only returned last week.
Health Minister, Dr. Jane Aceng while announcing eight more cases on Monday at midnight, warned that everyone who has been to or travelled through Dubai should be immediately contact the ministry.
“I am calling everyone who travelled from or passed through Dubai within the last two weeks to report to us,” said Aceng.
Out of the 8 new cases registered on Monday, 6 passed through Dubai, and without any fear of tampering with the diplomatic relationship between Kampala and Abu Dhabi, Aceng noted that the Emirates have not been honest on the prevalence of COVID-19 in their country.
Other MPs now wand all of them to be tested for Coronavirus since members from high risk countries have already mixed and interacted with them.