By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Parliament of Uganda’s management has penned a letter ordering all legislators including staff not to dare access the House precincts without their COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Deputy Clerk (Corporate Affairs)Waiswa Henry Yoweri says that the move is in line with President Museveni’s effort to curb the deadly disease [COVID-19] via vaccination.
”His Excellency the President, in his address to the Nation of Thursday, 28h October 2021 on the state of the fight against COVID-19 emphasized the need to have as many Ugandans as possible vaccinated as a strategy to control the spread of the Pandemic, which is essential for total re-opening of the Economy,” partially reads the letter.
Waiswa says parliament is a key institution in the fight against COVID-19 and therefore Members of Parliament and Staff must demonstrate a good example in support of the Government’s Public Health Policy.
”The Office of the Speaker is in agreement with the President’s observation and in the communication of the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker at the Sitting of Parliament on Thursday, 28h October 2021, she gave a directive that access to the Precincts of Parliament should be restricted to only Members of Parliament, Staff and Visitors that will show proof of vaccination against COVID-19,” adds Waiswa’s letter.
He further says that Members and Staff, in line with the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker’s directive therefore, ”You are hereby informed that with effect from Monday, 1 November 2021, access to the Parliamentary Precincts will be restricted to ONLY those that have been vaccinated against COVID-19.”
In fact, Waiswa has since ordered security operatives to enforce these measures against legislators. ”By copy of this letter, the Sergeant-at-Arms is directed to work with the Division Police Commander -Parliamentary Police to enforce these guidelines.”