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MP Cissy Namujju
MP Cissy Namujju has finally appeared on the Hansard two and a half years later. PHOTO BY MAX PATRICK OCAIDO

MP Receives Standing Ovation after Her First Speech in Parliament

Since taking oath, Namujju has never spoken on the floor of Parliament and therefore, her voice on the Hansard- the official record of parliament has not been captured until today (Thursday).
posted onDecember 20, 2018
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By Max Patrick Ocaido

PARLIAMENT. Lwengo District Woman MP Cissy Namujju Dionizia on Thursday received a standing ovation from fellow legislators after she finally broke the deadlock to speak on the floor of Parliament for the first time since the beginning of the 10th Parliament in 2016.

It is exactly two and a half years since NRM’s Namujju was sworn in as MP after controversially defeating independent candidate Sarah Nkonge Muwonge and Democratic Party’s Rose Nantongo to the Lwengo district Woman MP Seat.

Since taking oath, Namujju has never spoken on the floor of Parliament and therefore, her voice on the Hansard- the official record of parliament has not been captured until today (Thursday).

Namujju finally broke the jinx and rose on the floor of parliament on a matter of national importance where she spoke for about one minute as fellow MPs cheered her up.

Whereas Parliament Rules of Procedure require that an MP making a maiden speech should be listened to without any interruptions, the MPs could not hide their excitement and continued to cheer Namujju as she presented.

While reading from a piece of paper, Namujju sought a response from in-line ministries over rampant killings in her constituency. She cited a horrible scenario where a 14year old teenager, Zahara Nakabugo, a daughter to Abdu Kabugo who is a councilor of Ndangwe Sub County was kidnapped and killed. She was kidnapped on November 23 and she is believed to have been killed during that time and early December. According to Namujju, the kidnappers called the parents and asked for Shs11m ransom, but after a few days the kidnappers called the parents again and told them to go and pick the body of their daughter.

Namujju was in 2016 dragged to court over lack of academic papers. Indeed, during one of the court sessions, she shocked court after she failed to respond to P.3 questions.

During cross examination, lawyer Asuman Basaalirwa (now Bugiri Municipality MP), who was representing Martin Kizito Sserwanga, the petitioner, tasked Namujju to give a brief background of her education and tell court her scores per subjects she sat at all levels. 

However, Namujju said she could not ably remember the scores, but was able to tell the aggregate she scored at all levels.

It was at this point that Basalirwa asked her to answer basic primary literacy questions, including defining what is a map, pollination, crop rotation, characteristics of an insect and differentiating between a noun and verb. Namujju could not answer any, throwing court in a bout of laughter.

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