Parliament Acquires Own Ambulance

Members of Parliament have raised concern over the continued failure by the government to issue National Identity Cards to Ugandans who had registered for them.

The MPs raised these concerns at a sitting of the House chaired by the Speaker, viagra 100mg Rt. Hon.Kadaga on Wednesday.

Kadaga said that she had received reports from all over the country that people have not received their identity cards, adding they have to move long distances as the distribution exercise has been restricted to the district headquarters.

“Some people did not get their identity cards because they had wrong photographs or inaccurate information. They now use a lot of money to move long distances but still fail to get then. People are angry,” Kadaga said.

Hon. Rosemary Sseninde (Wakiso, Woman MP) added that people had reported that they were being charged money to get their identity cards.

“On top of having to travel all the way to the district headquarters to get identity cards, these people, some of whom are elderly and have disabilities are being forced to part with money to get identity cards,” Hon. Sseninde said.

Hon. Sseninde also sought clarification on whether people who lack national identity cards would be allowed to vote.

Busiro East MP, Hon. Medard Sseggona argued that for a district like Wakiso which stretches from the islands to the mainland with no public transport, it becomes hard for people to travel to the headquarters.


“How does one expect a poor person to come all the way from Entebbe to Wakiso district headquarters?” Sseggona wondered.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Rose Akol, said 16 million Ugandans had received their National IDs and those who had not picked them up are mainly in Kampala.

“Initially, the identity cards were being distributed at Parish level but the process is now being carried out at the district. We shall look into cases of those whose identity cards had errors so that they can pick them from convenient locations,” Hon. Akol said.

She added that it is unlawful to request for money from persons picking IDs and directed that those culpable should be arrested and charged.
Parliament has secured its own ambulance to better handle emergencies at the installation that houses about 1000 people and receives more than 2000 visitors daily according to commission records.

The Toyota Land Cruiser procured from a yet to be determined source arrived at Parliament on Wednesday evening and was parked close to the reception where the house chambers and the VIP wing is located.

The Ambulance has been sought after since the 6th parliament.

The Parliamentary Commission included the procurement of the ambulance in its Shs 300billion 2015/16 budget.

The director for Communications, approved Chris Obore confirmed the development when contacted and said it has been long overdue since Parliament receives many high profile visitors. He described as shameful, the fact that in the past some patients in need of urgent medical attention have been transported on pick-up trucks.

“It`s true we have finally got one ambulance but it was long overdue. This place (Parliament) now houses about 3000 people daily and it is prudent to have a ready ambulance in case of any emergency,” Obore said.

ChimpReports also contacted the former Commissioner, Elijah Okupa the Kasilo constituency Member of Parliament whose Commission tenure sanctioned the procurement of the ambulance.

Okupa said that many emergency health cases involving important dignitaries have been recorded and their handling was not good enough due to lack of an ambulance.

Okupa recalled that one time during the East African Legislative Assembly sitting in Uganda, a member from Tanzania collapsed at the Chambers and everyone was lost of what to do, as they waited for the ambulance called from the city center.


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