The new Ruhaama County MP, Moses Kahima Mugabe, has joined Parliament, taking oaths of allegiance and of a Member of Parliament.
Mugabe replaces the late William Beijukye Zinkuratire, who died in November 2017.
Hon. Kahima swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. He also swore to give faithful service to Parliament and to support and uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda as by law established.
The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, who chaired the afternoon sitting, welcomed the new MP and handed him a copy of the Constitution and the Parliament Rules of Procedure to guide his operations as a legislator.
“I welcome you and wish you well,” said the Speaker, showing the MP the sitting positions of the NRM, the party in government, the Opposition parties and Independents, adding that, “These MPs are all friends; with time they will welcome and work with you.”
Hon. Kahima (NRM) beat three independent candidates — Eng. Jackson Mubaagizi, Dr. Penninah Binomugisha and Vastine Orishaba in the by election held on 11th Jan. 2018.
The late William Zinkuratire passed away due to Hepatitis B, at Nsambya Hospital late last year.
In her communication, the Speaker told MPs that the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku, had been discharged from a Nairobi Hospital but only returns there for checkups.
She also said that the former Leader of the Opposition, Prof. Ogenga Latigo had been involved in a motor accident on Kampala Gulu highway, and together with Hon. Deogratius Kiyingi (DP, Bukomansimbi) remained indisposed.
Meanwhile Kadaga has expressed her disappointment with the low turn up of legislators for the Parliament Week held from 21st to 25th January 2018.
“I would like to note that activities that needed members’ participation saw less than 50 Members attending, yet this is our activity,” said Kadaga.