By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has told legislators that all debates in the 11th Parliament must be evidence-based and legislators without facts will not be allowed to debate on the floor of Parliament.
Chairing his maiden sitting as a speaker, Oulanyah said it is unfortunate that some MP’s waste parliament’s time with half-baked submissions which is a disservice to the electorate.
Oulanyah, who had been down with illness, also led MPs to observe a moment of silence in honour of Lt. Gen Pecos Kutesa and Maj. Gen Paul Lokech, who passed on last week.
After paying a moment of silence in remembrance of the two departed Generals, he introduced the new Clerk to Parliament Adolf Mwesige to the House.
Oulanyah informed legislators that he shall organize a special sitting where they will be given an opportunity to debate on the Uganda they want for the next five years.
Oulanyah he will not entertain half-baked submissions from legislators adding that the debate must be evidence-based in this new Parliament.
MPs who across the divide welcomed the speaker’s decision saying evidence-based debates with the researched submission will improve the quality of debate in the house but also builds self-esteem and understand of an MP in several issues that impact our country.