Kampala, Uganda | URN | Parliament of Uganda has procured iPads for Members of Parliament (MPs), including ex-officio Ministers amid country struggling to buy vaccines to stem a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by Deputy Speaker Anita Among during the Thursday 29, July 2021 plenary session. She said that Parliament would start distributing the iPads to MPs on Monday 2, July 2021.
The tradition of procuring iPads for MPs started during the ninth Parliament when the Parliamentary Commission, the governing body of the House approved the expenditure.
Following Among’s communication, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mathias Mpuuga appealed to MPs to ensure proper use of the gadgets, especially when attending committee meetings and plenary sittings virtually.
He also appealed for decency when one is using Zoom technology to avoid any scandalous images.
The iPads provided to MPs are supposed to be returned at the closure of the term of Parliament. In March 2021, the former Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige directed MPs on the tenth Parliament to return the iPads bought in 2016 by 30th April 2021.
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Kibirige then said that the iPads are property of the government and that parliament had valued them for disposal depending on their type and year of purchase. However, Parliament advised MPs who could afford to buy the iPads at a disposal price.
Among also reminded MPs to declare the assets and liabilities to the office of the Inspector General of Government before 12th August to avoid any repercussions.
She also tasked the different Chairpersons of Committees to immediately table their plans for the first session as earlier agreed in the Business Committee meeting that agreed on the Parliament calendar. Among says that the immediate presentation of plans by committees will enable the smooth running of parliament.
She also informed MPs that throughout next week, they will debate the State of Nation Address recently delivered by President Yoweri Museveni.