5Th July 2018
The Speaker of Parliament has warned of disciplinary action against Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze over her continued absence from Parliament despite her poor health.
Nambooze was flown to India in November last year for specialised management of injuries she suffered to her backbone during the age-limit debate scuffle that erupted in Parliament on September 27, 2017.
Although she was able to walk and stand again after her return, Ms Nambooze said she stayed away due to pain and discomfort from the metals inserted into her back, preventing her from executing her parliamentary duties.
But Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in her letter to Ms Nambooze dated 7th june 2018 warned that it had come to her notice that in the last session, nambooze absented herself from nineteen (19) out of the twenty three (23) meetings of the committee on Public Service and Local Government without permission Which is contrary to Rule 111(6) and 112(1 &2) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament
In the same letter, Ms Kadaga said Ms Nambooze’s continued absence from the committee affected its work and undermined the performance of Parliament in general, noting that most of the work in plenary comes from committees.
Kadaga therefore, notified nambooze that persistent absence from committee activities in the next session will attract disciplinary action proceedings against her under Rules 111(7) and 112(2) of the Rules of Procedures of Parliament.
But Ms Nambooze, who confirmed receiving the letter, expressed dismay, saying she had endeavoured to communicate whenever she was to leave Parliament and the Speaker has been aware of her poor health.
She noted that she had been sick since September last year and got the letter two days later even when it was dated June 7.
Ms Nambooze told Journalists yesterday at Bugolobi Medical Centre in Kampala just before leaving to India for further treatment that as indicated in the letter she had written to the Speaker, this letter was sent to her erroneously and that she thought in normal circumstances, the Parliament spokesperson would apologise for sending this letter.
Ms Nambooze for the second time yesterday left for Manipal Hospital in India following what she called her brutal arrest by the police on charges of inciting violence after the death of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga on June 8, 2018. She was accompanied by her husband, and personal doctor.
Ms Nambooze said her second brutal arrest inflicted more injuries on her back, worsened her old condition and displaced one of the screws inserted in her back.
Meanwhile some other MPs received similawarning letters on absenteeism but it could not be officially verified as Parliament’s director of communication Chris Obore declined to comment on the matter. He said he could only comment on such letters to MPs when given authority from the Speaker.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website