Ministers recently appointed by the President, and do not represent any constituency, have been sworn-in before the House by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
The oaths were taken by the ex-offico Members today, Tuesday 12th July 2016, in the Parliament Chamber. Ex-officios are Members of Parliament by virute of holding office as Minister. They however have no voting rights.
The Deputy Speaker welcomed the ministers urging them to carry out their work with vigilance, and give service to Parliament and to the country as a whole.
Article 81(4) of the Constitution stipulates that “no person shall sit or vote in Parliament before taking and subscribing to the Oaths of Allegiance and of Parliament”.
Rt. Hon. Oulanyah in his communication applauded the symbolic significance of the happenings in the House saying that these were a sign of maturity of democracy in Uganda.
“I have witnessed the Members from Sembabule walking together on the Floor of the house yet they couldn’t do so in the constituency. Additionally two members from one house, united in their house, but divided in opinion of politics, have joined together in the Oath taking of one of them. All this implies that this country and its people are bigger than all of us and we have a role to play,” he added.
Among the members who took Oaths, were former members of the 9th Parliament namely: Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda; Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni; Hon. Irene Muloni; Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafire; Hon. Onzima Alex and Hon. Philemon Mateke.
New ones included Hon. Betty Kamya; Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja; Hon. Dr. Aceng Jane; Hon. Eng. Nazuba Ntege; Hon. William Byaruhanga; Hon. Gen. Henry Tumukunde; Hon. Nadduli Abdu; Hon. Janat Mukwaya; Hon. Agnes Akiror; Hon. Joy Kabatsi; Hon. Peace Mutuuzo and Hon. Florence Nakiwala.
In the same sitting the Government Chief Whip and Opposition Chief Whip presented to the House names of Members to be Backbench Commissioners. The House unanimously approved the following Members:
1. Hon. Peter Ogwang, NRM, Usuk County, Katakwi;
2. Hon. Arinaitwe Rwakajara, NRM, Workers’ Representative;
3. Hon. Robina Nabbanja, NRM, Woman Representative, Kibaale; and
4. Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, FDC, Woman Representative, Dokolo.