Parliament Speaker Anita Among has advised the public to refrain from organizing demonstrations against the issues before the House as lawmakers work day and night to resolve them.
Among, who was chairing the plenary session on Tuesday 06 September 2022, told members of parliament that she had received reports of a demonstration in parliament over coffee seedlings.
In August 2022, coffee growers petitioned Parliament to order the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to allow coffee nursery growers to supply seedlings to growers and for payments to be made later.
The petitioners, however, say that this has not been implemented and yet the planting season is near, which has led to the demonstrations.
Speaker Among warned Members of Parliament not to advise their constituents to demonstrate against Parliament processes and said that while demonstrations produce nothing, Parliament will resolve the matter through debate.
“The issue of coffee plants is going to be handled.
It was discussed in this House.
I don’t think it’s right for us to advise our voters to come march at the door because marching is not going to solve a problem,” she advised.
AUDIO: Speaker Anita among the reactions to the speaker’s communication, the deputy of the municipality of Busia, Hon. Geoffrey Macho asked the ministries, departments and agencies to do his job, so that the Ugandans do not demonstrate.
“As for the demonstrations on the coffee plants, the ministries must help the Parliament to do its job.
Our people demonstrate because the ministries are not communicating to them,” he said.
The Speaker informed the parliamentarians that the Chamber will receive a report on the coffee seedlings on Wednesday, September 07, 2022.
In her communication, she also requested the committees that have not completed their work to do so, since the work of the Parliament it is measured by the number of bills passed and other business concluded before it.