Chris Obore justifies Speaker Among’s silence amid corruption allegations

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Chris Obore – Director Communications, Parliament of Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Mr. Chris Obore, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Parliament of Uganda, has responded to requests from the Leader of the Opposition (LoP), Mr. Joel Ssenyonyi, and the public, urging Speaker Anita Among to address corruption allegations.

Mr. Obore questioned the organizers of the “#UgandaParliamentExhibition” if they have presented all their evidence, emphasizing that Parliament will not engage with baseless rumors.

Additionally, Mr. Obore clarified that the Speaker will address the corruption allegations on her terms, and not succumb to pressure from the campaign.

“I think the exhibitors are becoming uncomfortable the the Speaker is not speaking but she does not need to talk about every rumour. The Speaker and Parliament gave me authority to speak on their behalf, so she will talk when she deems it fit,” Mr. Obore said.

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Yesterday in Parliament, Mr. Ssenyonyi disclosed that his shadow cabinet had unanimously decided on three measures, one of which involved urging the Speaker to convene the Parliamentary Service Commission to address concerns related to alleged corruption and wasteful spending.

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In response to allegations of unexplained speaker allowances, Mr. Obore stated that Among would not issue a statement based on unverified documents. He underscored that the organizers of the campaign have not presented evidence to substantiate their claims.

Mr. Obore also refuted Mr. Ssenyonyi’s accusations that the Parliamentary Commission had declined to extend contracts for former staff in the Leader of the Opposition’s office, citing a supposed wage ceiling.