News & Up­dates:
October 27, 2021

Members of Parliament have asked Government to consider signing and ratifying the treaty on the
prohibition of Nuclear Weapons saying that continued delays are diminishing Uganda’s international
standing.

The lawmakers said last week while debating a motion moved by Bardege- Layibi MP, Ojara Mapenduzi,
that Government should consider ratifying this treaty.

According to Ojara, failing to sign and ratify the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear weapons diminishes Uganda’s standing on the international stage where the country is recognized as a model country in handling matters of international concern including the fight against terrorism and advocacy for peace and security.

“We should not only limit ourselves to the weapons but we also need to look at the materials. The effects of nuclear are adverse. People exposed to these materials have their DNA altered,” said Emmanuel Ongiertho the Jonam County MP while seconding the motion.

However, some MPs opposed the motion saying that ratifying the treaty would be very ambitious since other countries in the region have not ratified the document.

Denis Lee Oguzu the Maracha East who was among those opposed to the motion, argued that for Uganda to sign and ratify the treaty on nuclear weapons will be ambitious and not informed by facts.

He further said that security agencies should be given time to study the treaty before Uganda ratifies it.

“This is a security issue that should have been studied by the security agencies before we commit. Nuclear treaties are negotiated to curb ambitions of super powers,” said Oguzu.

Sheema Municipality MP, Dickson Kateshumbwa noted that the movers of the motion need to do more research and engage Government to understand why the government of Uganda and other countries in the East African region have not signed and ratified the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Parliament Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah referred the motion to the committee for foreign affairs to interrogate and interact with various Government agencies and gather more information about the treaty and then report back to the house.