PICTORIAL as MPs take oath on first day

At least 131 members of the 11th Parliament took oath of on the first day of the four-day-long exercise.

Parliament had planned to administer oaths for 132 legislators but two; Dr. Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkiizi West) and Victoria Rusoke Businge (Kabarole Woman) who had been scheduled to swear-in on Moday preferred to reschedule their program because they had other engagements.

However, Parliament also accepted a request to bring forward Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonnyi’s schedule since May 20, the day on which he had been fixed, is his travel day out of the country on official National Unity Platform (NUP) duties.

Of the 131 MPs sworn-in on the first day, two are representatives of Older Persons in Parliament, a constituency newly created by the 10th Parliament among the Special Interest Groups. They include Catherine Akumu Mavenjina for Northern Uganda and Peninah Busingye Kabingani for Central Uganda. The others were two representatives of the workers, two representatives of Persons with Disabilities and two representatives of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), while the rest were Women and directly elected members.

Bukedea Woman MP and Deputy Speaker aspirant, Anita Among arrived for her swearing-in in the company of FUFA president, also incoming Budiope MP, Moses Magogo.
Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali was less excited about his swearing-in.
Journalist Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa (Mityana Woman) did not hide her NUP party colours as she sworn-in as MP.
Dr. Charles Ayume (Koboko Municipality) takes oath as a member of the 11th Parliament.
Former 1st Lady, Miria Kalule Obote escorted her son and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) president, Jimmy Akena.
Justice Forum (JEEMA) president, Asuman Basalirwa swears-in as Bugiri Municipality MP.
Former presidential candidate Dr. Abed Bwanika joins the legislature as NUP MP for Kimaanya – Kabonera.
Lillian Aber became the first NRM MP to take the Kitgum Woman MP seat.
NUP spokesman, Joel Ssenyonyi was accompanied by his wife.
State minister for Planning, David Bahati too came with his wife for the swearing-in.
DP’s Dr. Lulume Bayiga returned to Parliament after a 5-year break. He represents Buikwe South
Outgoing Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan (FDC) returned as Gulu City Woman MP
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