Cabinet ministers have skipped a special parliamentary session convened by the speaker to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the fallen former South African President.
On Wednesday, Rebecca Kadaga convened a special session to pay tribute to the late Mandela. However, to the dismay of the legislators none of the cabinet ministers showed up.
MPs led by Alex Ndezi inquired to know why the ministers were not present in the house. In her response Kadaga said didn’t know the whereabouts of the ministers as she had not received any communication.
As a result, Kadaga ruled that the house continues and pays tribute to Mandela in the absence of the ministers.
Following the ruling Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the leader of the opposition moved a resolution of parliament to pay tribute to Mandela instead of the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who was indicated on the order paper.
The motion was seconded by MPs across the political divide.
However, in a 9th December letter to the speaker titled “Suspension of parliamentary session until After Cabinet Retreat”, Amama Mbabazi notifies her of a cabinet retreat from Monday 9th until Wednesday 11th.
In the letter Mbabazi requested Kadaga to suspend the house until 12th December 2013.