MPs, Parliamentary staff to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing ahead of next week’s reopening

Posted: 2021-07-08T11:34:19Z
MPs, Parliamentary staff to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing ahead of next week’s reopening

All Members of Parliament and staff must undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 as the house prepares to reopen next week, at the end of the 2 weeks closure.


The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige made the announcement to a memo, sent to all MPs and Staff of the Parliamentary Service.


"As you may be aware, Parliament is to resume plenary on Tuesday 13th July 2021. Due to the current wave of Covid-19 across the country, Members and Staff of Parliament will therefore be required to undertake mandatory Covid-19 testing on Friday 9th July 2021. The exercise will take place at the Parliament Gardens from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm," the letter reads.


Earlier this week, Kibirige announced that the house  would reopen next week after two weeks of closure to enable the parliamentary building to be disinfected.


Business scheduled to be handled by the House next week is to constitute committees. In her communication, Kibirige advised MPs to carry their National Identity cards to ease accessibility through the roads of Parliament.


"You will recall that at the close of the 5th sitting of Parliament held on Monday 14th June 2021, the Right Honourable Speaker adjourned the House sine die, I am directed to inform you that Parliament will have plenary sitting on Tuesday 13th July 2021 at 2:00 pm to consider the constitution of committees," part of the letter reads.


Although Parliament said it would close to fumigate, MPs and some staff and journalists have been accessing Parliament.