Parliament has called for a special sitting in recognition of the fallen Kamuli Municipality MP, Rehema Watongola, who succumbed to COVID-19 at Mulago Hospital on Saturday morning.
Helen Kawesa, the Parliament assistant director of communications and public affairs, Wednesday, said: “The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, has communicated to all Members of Parliament, that the house will resume Thursday morning, at 10:00am, with a special sitting to pay tribute to the late Watongola. After, plenary will resume at 2:00pm.”
Last Saturday, the state minister for health, Robinah Nabbanja, confirmed that Watongola had died of COVID-19.
President Yoweri Museveni, on Monday, while addressing a rally in northern Uganda, also warned that COVID-19 was real and that it had claimed the MP’s life.
Watongola was laid to rest on Monday in Kamuli and only eight people were allowed to attend the ceremony.
On Wednesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga sent the legislators back into recess indefinitely, for them to engage in re-election campaigns. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for January 14, next year.
Parliament went into recess without passing the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Amendment Bill. Most of the 29 clauses in the Bill were passed by Parliament and what remains is the passing of only two clauses, which were stood, over disagreements.