The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, rallied opposition lawmakers to put development first as politicking and divisionism will curtail progress.
“Colours only apply during elections, but now is the time to push the colors aside and we work together; let what we do reflect on the lives of the people we lead; we cannot disagree on the interests of the people, we can only disagree on how to achieve it,” the speaker told the opposition legislators during a retreat to orient them on parliament practices, according to Parliament.go.ug.
“We know you have a different opinion on certain things [but I assure you that] in this Parliament, ideas must be put up against each other; the weak ones will die and the strong ones will survive.”
Oulanyah also commented on rumours that were spread during his absence.
“What we are losing in this country is what we call humanity. If somebody is sick, why declare that the person is dead? Why should we be painting and vanishing coffins for the sick?” he said, according to Parliament.go.ug.
The speaker has since his return engaged in a number of activities including meetings with the Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga, and Commissioners of Parliament Solomon Silwany (NRM, Bukholi Central), Francis Zaake (NUP, Mityana Municipality), Esther Afoyochan (NRM, Zombo), Prossy Akampurira (NRM, Rubanda) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.