Ugandan MPs asked to behave during Commonwealth Conference

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Sep 13th 2019 at 14:51
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Ugandan MPs have been asked to conduct themselves with decorum during this year’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC).

The conference will take place between September 22 and September 29 and will be hosted by CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda.

Local media stated that Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, asked the legislators not to be ‘over-excited’ when they see foreigners.

“You know when the Tanzanians came to this country [to fight Idi Amin], there was excitement and a number of children were born in this country by the Tanzanians.

“We know their mothers, but we don’t know their fathers…Don’t take risks. A man from Jamaica, when will you see him again?

“And for the men, a woman from the Pacific, Naulu when will you ever reach there. So you must really be very careful with what you do,” she said.

Further, Kadaga instructed the MPs not to ‘load’ their plates when serving food.

“When you ‘load’ your plates, don’t overload, don’t mix dessert and meat, pineapple and matooke, and the soup,” Kadaga said, adding: “while eating, even when you are hungry, don’t rush.”

She also asked those who love the bottle to do it moderately to avoid fumes of alcohol the following morning.

 “Drinking should be done in homes and not excessively, to avoid fumes of alcohol in the morning,” she added.

 “The people who are coming will be able to know more about our country and speak about us, so whatever experience they get from here, they will use it for or against us,” she said.

The conference theme is: Adaption, engagement and evolution of parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.’

The event is set to bring together over 500 parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision-makers from across the Commonwealth.

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