By Peter Ssebulime
Kampala: The Speaker of Uganda’s parliament Rebecca Kadaga has pledged to talk with her counterpart the Kenyan speaker Justin Muturi, about the issue of facilitating legislators with kids to fulfill their duties.
This was during the 5th Women’s Forum in preparation for the National Prayers Breakfast today at Pearl of Africa Hotel, Kampala.
Kadaga said “It was embarrassing to witness Kenyan parliament sergeant of arms evacuating a Member of Parliament with her baby yet Parliament would have set facilities like daycare centres to enable lactating women legislators to deliberate on national issues.”
Kadaga also applauded Kenyan Women MPs for achieving success in entering with their handbags and babies in Parliament.
Previously Kenyan parliament couldn’t allow women to enter with handbags but later a team headed by Kadaga advised Kenyan Women MPs to defy the rule and enter with the bags which they did. Later the rule was revised, thus allowing them to enter with bags and babies.
While opening the Women’s Forum, Kadaga further appreciated the Ugandan government and private institutions that have set up facilities to enable women to work in a conducive environment together with their babies.