The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa has halted all field activities by members of Parliament during plenary sittings.
Tayebwa made the directive to the Clerk to Parliament during his communication to the House on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
He asked the clerk to stop committees from conducting field activities while Parliament is sitting because it interferes with the attendance of members which is unacceptable.
“Attendance of plenary sittings has suffered at the hands of members attending committee activities in the field; I direct the Clerk to halt an activity coinciding with sittings,”
— Tayebwa said.
Tayebwa stated that parliament business needs to be given priority because there is plenty of work to be done and that business is on the Floor of the House.
Plenary often happens from Tuesday to Thursday weekly, leaving MPs an allowance of two days for other business. There are 29 committees of Parliament.