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Parliament to Vet Alupo, Nabbanja today

Vice President Jessica Alupo (left) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the reading of the National Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala last week. PHOTO/PARLIAMENT

Parliament will today sit to vet the Vice President-elect, Ms Jessica Alupo, and Ms. Robinah Nabbanja the Prime Minister nominee after their appointment by the President last week.

Alupo, the Katakwi Woman MP and formerly the Minister of Education was appointed to replace Hon. Edward Ssekandi, while Kakumiro Woman MP Ms. Nabbanja, also former State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties, replaced Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in the PM seat.

President Museveni during their appointment said the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.

A notice from the Office of Clerk to Parliament to the Members of Parliament signed by Mr Paul Wabwire, the Deputy Clerk (Parliamentary Affairs), urged all the legislators to attend the session.

“I have been directed to inform you that Parliament will resume to sit on Monday, June 14, at 10am to consider the following motion seeking the parliamentary approval of the appointment of the Vice President in accordance with Article 108(2) of the Constitution … and motion seeking the parliamentary approval of the appointment of the Prime Minister/Leader of government Business in accordance with Article 108a(1) of the Constitution,” he said.

“Please note that this information supercedes the earlier communication of the Rt Honourables Speaker on the date of the next sitting of Parliament,” Mr Wabwire added.

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Despite criticism from a section of the public about her appointment and that of other women, Ms Nabbanja said they should be treated as those who can make meaningful contribution to the development of Uganda.

While the Vice President has a limited participation in the day-to-day running of the affairs of the state, the Prime Minister is expected to coordinate the implementation of government programmes across the country.

Ms Nabbanja will use her mobilisation skills acquired over the years, from being a disctrict councillor, Resident District Commissioner and State Minister for Health.

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Hits back. “There needs to be a fundamental shift in the way societies view women in government, one that does not see them as mere seat-fillers or stats on a chart. We must be viewed as a vital contributing factor to the betterment of the world. I am here to better Uganda!” Tweet from Ms Robinah Nabbanja, Prime Minister designate

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