Coronavirus MP Akol quarantined
Kadaga on Coronavirus: MP Akol quarantined for 14 days after his return from South Korea. File Photo

Coronavirus: Kadaga asks MP Akol out of parliament to go for self-quarantined for 14 days after his return from South Korea

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga yesterday ordered Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol out of Parliament and self-quarantined for 14 days after he admitted that he travelled to South Korea one of the countries most affected with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This followed Kadaga’s opening remarks on 12th, March, Thursday Parliamentary sitting where she disclosed to legislators that the Inter-Parliamentary meeting scheduled for April this year has been cancelled due to the increasing scourge of Coronavirus in most countries.

“The continued effect of Coronavirus, we have just been informed that our meeting for Inter-Parliamentary Union for April has been cancelled. Also, the meeting organized by the Russian Federation Parliament in June has been cancelled,” Kadaga said.

Kadaga as well issued a directive banning all legislators from travelling abroad except on essential health concern.

“I want to urge members to desist from travelling non-essential travels, because of what is happening, in the plane you can sit with people who are sick (Coronavirus).”

After the Speaker’s communication, Akol raised a concern about the loopholes of screening those entering into the country at Entebbe International Airport.

Coronavirus MP Akol quarantined
Kadaga on Coronavirus: MP Akol quarantined for 14 days after his return from South Korea. File Photo

Akol said as he returned from South Korea, he was not screened at Entebbe International Airport, a statement that raised the eyebrows of legislators about their safety in the chambers.

“I said the first travel I made was to South Korea, and then I again went to South Africa; I came back on the 5th this month,” Akol confessed.

Now after the legislators’ reactions concerning his stay in Parliament, Kadaga ordered Akol to vacate the chambers and go for self-quarantine for the safety of other members in the House.

“South Korea is one of those countries where there has been a big epidemic. Please go for self-quarantine,” Kadaga ordered.

However, Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng said it was not necessary to quarantine MP Akol because it’s now more than 14 days ever since he returned from South Korea on the 12th of February.

Aceng also disregarded claims indicating that Akol was not screened because at the VIP section Entebbe Airport there’s a thermo-scanner that screens you as you walk into the VIP lounge.

“I have heard the story of honourable Antony Akol and it’s important that as people living in Uganda we speak from evidence and also speak the truth, in our VIP section at Entebbe, there’s a thermo-scanner that screens you as you walk into the VIP lounge. So, he was definitely screened and as far as our record he travelled back from South Korea on the 12th of February, that makes it two or three weeks since he returned,” Aceng said.

“And I did travel with him to South Africa when I went there for my official duties, so at this point; I don’t think it’s useful to quarantine him, because he has already spent over 14 days in the country. However, it’s important to let the public know that in the VIP section at the Airport screening in ongoing, and we still need to emphasize infection prevention and control and avoid careless talk which can cause anxiety and fear to the general public,” Aceng added.

Also, legislators went against a football match that has been scheduled at Namboole National Stadium between former Stars hailing from West African Countries and former Uganda Cranes Star to avoid COVID-19 spread to Uganda.

Meanwhile the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah resumed his duties on Thursday after undergoing self-isolation for 5 days on return from the United Kingdom (UK).