Four more MPs Join 10th Parliament
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Parliament has today sworn in four new Members of Parliament.
The new representatives who took oath include Rubanda Woman MP Mbabazi Akampurira, Kibale Woman MP Noreen Basemera, Catherine Lamwaka Omoro Woman MP and Jennifer Kyomuhendo, Kagadi Woman MP.
They were sworn in almost a month after the Electoral Commission held elections in the new districts of Kibale, Kagadi, Rubanda and Omoro on August 29, 2016. The four districts, which were approved by the 9th Parliament, last year, took effect on July 1, 2016.
The entry of the quartet brings to 431 the number of MPs in the 10th Parliament.
The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige administered the oath of the Member of Parliament and the oath of allegiance to the new MPs, who were cheered on by supporters who sat in the public gallery.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah welcomed and congratulated the new MPs to the House, noting that Parliament will be their key fort of business. He also handed them a copy of the Constitution to guide them on participation of enactment of laws in Parliament. Also handed to them was the Rules of Procedure, which guide the conduct of MPs in Parliament.
Elijah Okupa, Kasilo County MP, who represented the Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza also lauded the new MPs, stating that the opposition was ready to cooperate with them.
The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa lauded the four new MPs for their wins, noting that it was a plus for the NRM side to have more members in the August House.