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Museveni blames MPs for Uganda's low COVID-19 vaccination rates

President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the 10th parliament for delaying the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, even as the country struggled to beat the pandemic during the first wave. 

Government chief whip Thomas Tayebwa yesterday told the chairpersons and vice chairpersons of the different parliamentary committees that the president was unhappy about the delays in approving supplementary budgets tabled before parliament last year.

He said that when the government sought a supplementary of Shs 292 billion which included Shs 18.5 billion for the COVID-19 vaccines in February 2021, the 10th parliament delayed its approval for over two months.

According to Tayebwa, who was quoting Museveni, the decision by parliament is what delayed the procurement of vaccines from the Serum Institute of India before the situation in India got out of hand, leading to the suspension of sales of Astrazeneca vaccines.

Tayebwa was speaking during orientation for committee leaders on their mandate and how they are expected to conduct business. He adds that if it wasn’t for parliament's delayed decision, the country could have moved far ahead towards the desired vaccination targets.

The ministry of Health intends to vaccinate up to 22 million Ugandans aged above 18, yet, according to records, less than 1.3 million people have so far received at least one of the two recommended jabs and less than 300,000 people have received the two recommended jabs.

Tayebwa also warned the leaders of the committee against "uncoordinated troop movement" especially when it comes to introducing bills, saying previously, there have been conflicts between the government and National Resistance Movement (NRM) members when it comes to who should table a bill. He observed a need for consultation before a bill is tabled before parliament.

Tayebwa also asked the chairpersons to avoid internal politics between government ministries, departments and agencies, and remain people of integrity. He says that the president had clearly stated that MPs should be people of integrity to save the image of parliament.  

“In all our work let’s have integrity as we execute our roles in the committees. This will protect the image of parliament as a whole and the party. Let us be at the forefront to fight corruption in our committees," Tayebwa said.

He says that the Office of Government Chief Whip will develop a performance evaluation tool to be discussed with the members in the next meeting to assist in the evaluation of the committee’s performance in each session. He says that this will help them to determine what works well, and what could be improved in our committees. 

He says members who do not work well with the party will be dropped from chairing committees, adding that, for instance, if the chairperson of the national economy committee fails to approve loans, they will be replaced, asking members not to be comfortable with nonperformance.

But Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, who sat on the budget committee that processed the supplementary budgets said that the supplementary budget was delayed by the fact that government figures and budgeting were not adding up. He equally faults the government for wishing to have its requests approved without scrutiny.

Comments

+6 #1 Peter K. 2021-07-29 11:44
18.5 bn. Shs can buy enough cars for just 92 MPs or AstraZeneca vaccines for about 650,000 people, which are 3% of all people they want to vaccinate.
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+7 #2 MR 2021-07-29 12:47
Well m7 should remember his nrm has the majority of MPs who he says can sleep in parliament as long as they are awake to vote for his bills like removing term & age limited. So in short its him and his to blame
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+3 #3 kabayekka 2021-07-29 19:42
He said that when the government sought a supplementary of Shs 292 billion which included Shs 18.5 billion for the COVID-19 vaccines in February 2021, the 10th parliament delayed its approval for over two months.

Any normal business person can understand the problem with supplementary budgets. For this one of Shs 292 billion during the attack of COVID19 Delta, only 18.5 billion was to sort out during emergency the pandemic and its problems.

The rest of the money of Shs 273.5 billion was for State House and the Uganda Army to spend as necessary on normal workloads!
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+1 #4 mark 2021-07-29 20:22
Quoting MR:
Well m7 should remember his nrm has the majority of MPs who he says can sleep in parliament as long as they are awake to vote for his bills like removing term & age limited. So in short its him and his to blame


Very correct!
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0 #5 Mubiru 2021-07-29 20:28
The President will always blame everybody for anything wrong in Uganda except himself and of course his family.

Just one example not to waste time among the trillions: If Museveni can overrule the so called independent parliament committee which rigidly followed the law and rejected a convicted woman who stole millions and decreed her a minister for Luwero what prevented him from overuling the parliament?

There is no law in Uganda which exonerates a convicted thief who pays fines etc to be appointed to public office in the name of having completed her punishment the reason given by Museveni. A convict remains a criminal for ever.

It begs belief that the independent parliament was cowed by Museveni and caved in

The President gets whatever he wants which makes all institutions so feebly useless that their only exist for acolytes to overeat while the unconnected millions starve. The recycled loudspeakers are now introducing bogus motor gadgets for their bellies.
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+4 #6 Loveuganda 2021-07-29 21:10
No wonder. Why doesn't he blame those who have stolen the covid funds and donations.

Always blaming others. Why doesn't he accept government mistakes?
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+1 #7 kolo 2021-07-30 14:18
Who said God exists? He left Uganda a long,long time ago for the "Bandits"

The man blames everyone, for anything and everything. He claims to be able to defeat all opposition, then what about 'his" majority parliament!
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0 #8 Kalibbala 2021-07-30 22:11
Who is still looking for a Failed State!? The Expired, senile and wrong President is still blaming a Toothless Parliament packed with psychopaths who only care about their Bellies!

Police and Army are running Amok because there is no money to pay them plus being housed like rodents!!Trillions of Ug.shillings are being siphoned off by "The family" Through Fake Doctors namely Atwiine and Aceng!

No case to Answer!! stacks of Money are piled up in State House dungeons to corrupt the Nation!!

Judiciary went to the Dogs! Ugandans are dangling in Stinking Safe Houses and Cells for Thinking Otherwise!! It is about Time to Stand up and get Counted!
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0 #9 kolo 2021-07-31 15:35
Well now we discover donations from Lockdown 1 have been diverted to purchase pickup trucks and the damn things are still lying in the bond! WHO or WHICH Ugandans have those monies helped? GOSH!
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