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Deputy speaker Oulanyah calls for dialogue between government and opposition
Even after he called for dialogue, the deputy speaker said Makindye West MP Allan Sssewanyana, his Kawempe South counterpart Mubarak Munyagwa and Jonathan Odur of Erute South will have to serve their suspension from seven sessions of Parliament until Wednesday next week.

The third session of the 10th Parliament resumed on Tuesday, with a handful of members in the chambers. 

 

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who chaired the sitting gave a recap of 2017 and highlighted some of the critical issues Parliament should focus on in the new year. 

 

He condemned the violent scenes witnessed in the 2nd session, especially during the debate and passing of the Constitutional Amendment Bill No.2 of 2017 which among others, removed the presidential age limit from the constitution. 

President Yoweri Museveni signed the constitutional amendment Act, meaning it's now law.

 

 

Oulanyah noted that the government side in Parliament, the opposition and party whips in Parliament should dialogue on contentious issues before they are tabled in the House. 

Even after he called for dialogue, the deputy speaker said Makindye West MP Allan Sssewanyana, his Kawempe South counterpart Mubarak Munyagwa and Jonathan Odur of Erute South will have to serve their suspension from seven sessions of Parliament until Wednesday next week. 

But the other MPs - Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda of Kiira Municipality, Ntungamo Municipality's Gerald Karuhanga and Anthony Akol of Kilak North who were suspended for three sessions will return tomorrow. 

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suspended the MPs for reportedly violating the rules of procedure during the age limit debate in late December 2017. 

 

The MPs have since challenged the speaker's decision in court. 

 

Parliament also tasked State Minister of Health Sarah Opendi to explain the suspected outbreak of Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever in Nakaseke district. 

This was after Nakaseke South MP Luttamaguzi Ssemakula accused the health ministry of handling the matter in a casual manner.Last week, Nakaseke district leaders claimed that one person suspected to have contracted the disease had been put in isolation.