No Jab No Entry at Parliament
The Enforcement of the Speaker’s directive which restricts Members of Parliament who are not fully vaccinated to accessing parliament is facing resistance from a section of members of parliament who believe it’s illegal and was issued outside parliamentary rules of procedures.
Some MPs who support the Directive also reported difficulties in carrying vaccination cards on a daily basis.
Although the Deputy Speaker of parliament Anita Among issued a directive last week, restricting members of parliament, staff, and guests who are not fully vaccinated from accessing parliament premises starting today, its enforcement has turned difficult as many MPs showed up without vaccination cards.
Whereas many legislators are okay with the directive Some MPs explained that vaccination cards are not portable and user-friendly to carry around every day and implored the parliament administration to find other means of enforcing compliance.
However, some members of parliament have challenged the new order at parliament, saying it’s not legally binding and will deprive MPs of representing their constituents. Dennis Lee Onguzu the Malacha County MP has written to the parliament administration seeking an explanation of the legal basis of the directive, contending that it was issued outside legal frameworks.
The deputy chief opposition Whip Manjeeri Kyebakutikka says the opposition is not going to accept the directive to take immediate effect when many of their members are still struggling to get the second jab due to inadequate supply of the Vaccines.