The Speaker of Parliament calls for the re-opening of places of worship
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has called on Government to re-open places of worship to allow believers to exercise the freedom to worship.
Kadaga said this while addressing the inter-denominational religious prayers to mark the beginning of the 5th Session of the 10th Parliament. She emphasized that the Prayer breakfast held at Parliament was a clear sign that places of worship can be opened subject to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“The fact that we have assembled here for prayers is testimony that we can come up with an arrangement for scientific prayers in the religious places of worship,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga could not hide her joy and gratitude to God since Uganda had not registered any death as a result of COVID19 pandemic. She also thanked God for the health of MPs and Parliament staff who have ably executed their work productively.
“I am grateful to God that no Ugandan has died due to COVID19. The worship we have had today is a testimony that we can have places of worship re-open while observing guidelines on COVID19 prevention,” she added.
Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo District) was, however, keen to note that while no death has been registered in Uganda as a result of COVID19, some Ugandans had died and affected as a result of the high handedness of the LDUs. The member called upon the executive to intervene.
“We have lost pregnant mothers due to transportation constraints, and people have been killed by Local Defence Unit personnel cracking down on suspected violators of the pandemic lockdown guidelines,” Ogwal said
The Speaker, in her concluding remarks, called upon everyone to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and the Presidential directive as the best strategy to prevent COVID19.