Bukonzo West MP Atkins Katusabe has demanded Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng steps down as minister of health.
Atkins’ call follows public outcry over Dr Aceng’s meeting with her supporters in Lira over the weekend. Pictures emerged of her supporters not observing Covid-19 measures of not wearing masks and observing social distancing.
The minister to that effect responded by saying that she was teaching her supporters how to wear masks. And went on to claim she was swamped by by her supporters who wanted to thank her for the job she was doing.
However, legislators in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon stood one after another to demand her to appear before Parliament to explain the saga.
Legislator Atkins took to the floor of the house to demand Minister Aceng to fold up.
He said she should resign following the allegations that she convened a mass gathering contrary to Ministry of Health guidelines and Presidential directives of social distancing among other guidelines.
Opposition chief whip Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda rose up to raise concern about Police who he claimed are applying the law selectively.
He said that where as he was arrested for organizing a ” small meeting”, the Minister of Health Dr. Aceng was being protected while she was organizing what he has called a ” rally”.
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has asked Dr. Aceng and state minister for Kampala, Benny Namugwanya, to appear before Parliament and explain the allegations that they flaunted the ministry of health
guidelines and Presidential directives.
Dr. Aceng has confirmed she will contest in the upcoming Parliamentary elections. She said: “I am glad to declare that I will be contesting for Woman MP for Lira District under the Ruling Party, NRM.”
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