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Parliament in Partisan Politics as Opposition Leaders are Blocked from Meeting LoP Aol

The institution of Parliament has been accused of playing partisan politics after the leadership blocked a meeting between Leader of Opposition Betty Aol and opposition political leaders at the premises of Parliament.

On Monday, LoP Aol was set to meet political party leaders who had come to meet her on the administration of parliament bill. Aol was supposed to meet them at her boardroom.
However, the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige in a letter stopped the meeting from taking place as the leaders were not allowed in.
Although the Aol said she intended to host the meeting at her boardroom, the Clerk advised her that Parliament rooms were occupied.
In a letter dated 11th February, addressed to the Leader of Opposition from Kibirige, she says although the LOP was to host opposition leadership, Parliament will be hosting an exit meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise (COSASE), and Parliament cannot be able to handle the two groups (including the political
parties) at the same time.
“I have advised that you contact the Prime Minister’s Office to use their conference hall for convenience” Kibirige says in the letter.
The letter was copied to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Sergeant-at-arms and the Parliamentary police division commander.
Aol said that there is no way she should be stopped from holding meetings in her boardroom.
Aol says the clerk choose to block her visitors and yet these are the official opposition representative of the Political parties.

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