Parliament of Uganda has instituted a 40 member team to carry out a countrywide assessment on how the government is handling and mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the press at Parliament on 29th June 2021, Deputy Speaker Anitah Annet Among, said that the task force would conduct awareness and sensitization of COVID19 countrywide.
“The health system in the country has been overstretched with lack of PPEs, beds, oxygen, etc. People should get vaccinated where they can, have regular physical exercises, and follow the SOPs in place,” said Among.
The Deputy Speaker noted that the team will be expected to table a report on the floor of Parliament in two weeks. She urged the public to support the government’s fight against COVI19.
“I urge all Ugandans to support the government in the fight against COVID-19. Let’s not politicize it,” she added.
The task force is headed by Bugweri County Legislator Abdu Katuntu and is composed of regional teams headed by medical doctors like Buyuya County MP Dr Michael Bukenya and Koboko county MP Dr Charles Ayume.
“We are blessed to have many doctors in the 11th Parliament. In this assignment (Parliamentary #COVID19 taskforce) it’s the doctors taking the lead.” She said.
Among equally responded to concerns raised by the opposition leadership in Parliament, that Parliament had closed parliament without providing alternative spaces where MPs would work from.
“We have not closed Parliament, in case there’s a need for Parliament to sit, we shall call for it. We decided to do fumigation of the Parliamentary premises for these two weeks because of the rising #COVID19 cases.” She added.
Among emphasized that MPs would not receive any money to sensitize the public on COVID19 pandemic since it was part of their mandate as MPs.