The Deputy Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has called on Gen. Jeje Odong, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to appear before Parliament on Thursday and provide a detailed report concerning the alleged over-sized delegation that represented Uganda at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During Tuesday’s parliamentary session, Deputy Speaker Tayebwa also advised Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja and Minister for General Duties Justine Kasule Lumumba to maintain composure and avoid public confrontations.
The issue was raised by Muwadda Nkunyingi, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, who considered it a matter of national importance. Nkunyingi argued that reports in the media about Uganda’s delegation causing embarrassment on the global stage demanded an explanation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Shadow Minister insisted that personal statements be made in Parliament by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Minister for General Duties Justine Kasule Lumumba, and other Ministers who attended the United Nations General Assembly.
However, both the Leader of the Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, and Ibrahim Ssemujju, representing Kira Municipality, stressed that it was the Prime Minister and Vice President who should be primarily responsible for explaining the cause of the delegation’s embarrassment in New York.
In response, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa confirmed that Minister Gen. Jeje Odong is required to appear on Thursday to provide Parliament with a comprehensive report detailing the events surrounding Uganda’s delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The summons aim to shed light on the situation and address the concerns raised by Parliament and the public.