Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah’s principal press secretary Sarah Kagingo has reacted to a petition by LoP Mathias Mpuuga saying the speaker shares similar concerns about the fuel crisis.
She however, says the speaker will guide on whether to recall the house or not to discuss the skyrocketing prices for fuel but emphasized that the house has been summoned to resume business next week Thursday.
“During the first sitting that the Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah chaired as Speaker of the 11th Parliament, he, among others, set his leadership’s agenda as a people -centric Parliament focused on national interests and socio-economic transformation of Ugandans” she said when contacted for a comment on a petition by Mpuuga calling on the speaker to summon a special sitting of parliament to debate the fuel price crisis.
Kagingo went on ‘Hiked fuel prices are, therefore, a matter of serious concern to the Rt Hon. Speaker and the entire Parliament across all political shades, as the prices negatively impact the economy and thriving of livelihoods’
She however, said the house has been informed of resumption of business next week.
“As you are aware, the Clerk to Parliament had issued notice for resumption of Plenary on 27th of January, 2022 which is Thursday next week. Office of the Speaker has received the Hon. Leader of Opposition’s letter and the Speaker will, as always, give guidance” she said.
The fuel prices have sent everyone into disarray with fuel dealers charging exorbitantly. Cabinet has since debated the matter and according to premier Nabbanja, the public should boycott those fuel stations that are charging dearly. The government has also responded to the crisis by lifting some of the stringent measures put down to curb COVID-19.