The parliamentary communications staff had just posted lists of MPs to attend Wednesday’s plenary session when Aruu MP, Samuel Odonga Otto sent a message of caution to his colleagues.
“I have just been tipped to get out of Parliament that a Ugandan female MP has tested positive for Coronavirus…The information should be made public, why are they hiding it? She was in Parliament yesterday,” reads the message posted in the 10th Parliament official whatsApp group.
Otto’s message sent panic waves in Parliament as MPs and parliamentary staff paced up and down the corridors, seeking clearer information.
The Witness has since learned that the MP in question is a member of the Parliamentary Covid-19 taskforce that has been moving around the country, visiting the Covid-19 facilities to assess the country’s capacity to handle the pandemic.
She subscribes to the ruling NRM party, a graduate science teacher and a representative of one of the Bunyoro-Kitara districts.
Available in information indicates that the MP went test for the virus at Mulago Hospital and after two hours, health workers called her to direct them to where she was.
An ambulance was dispatched to pick her and taken to Mulago hospital’s isolation unit.
At Parliament, the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga announced that all MPs and staff will be subjected to a mandatory test beginning on Thursday, July 16.