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CORONAVIRUS: Kadaga Suspends Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday suspended plenary business over the rapidly increasing cases of heavily contagious Coronavirus cases worldwide.

Kadaga initially wanted the House to continue with business but her visibly frightened members were not ready to carry on.

On scanning the environment, the Speaker told MPs that she had convened the sitting to inform them on the Coronavirus national prevention plans and announce the date for next sitting.

She called upon MPs to conduct their work from home for a week and report for plenary business on Tuesday next week.

“Members you can work from home. The House is adjourning to Tuesday next week,” said Kadaga.

The house at the beginning of the sitting was hit by confusion when Kadaga announced that three legislators from the Physical Infrastructure committee and two staffs, who travelled through Dubai last week, should not be allowed access to Parliament.

Members including Ssekitoleko Kafeero of Nakifuma county (Mukono), Lwengo woman MP Namujju Cissy and Ssempala Kigozi of Makindye Sabagabo municipality and their staff members had however already accessed Parliament since last week and freely greeted 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 Midrand, South Africa and only returned last week.

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