Parliament vows to summon Health Minister Aceng following blocked access to legislators at Lubowa hospital site who had gone to inspect the project
Members of Parliament have condemned the Tuesday incident in which security guards blocked legislators on the National Economic Committee from accessing Lubowa International Hospital construction site.
These legislators from the Parliament’s National Economic Committee had gone to monitor the ongoing works at the site. It’s a 30-acre facility along Kampala Entebbe road.
Legislators planned visit to the site was intercepted by cruel police officers and Local Defence Unit protecting the site, they argued that they were instructed not to allow anyone in.
The site was sealed with a grader and a pickup truck parked at the entrance blocking the way into the facility, fenced with green iron sheets as well.
The legislators on the Parliament’s National Economic Committee had gone along with Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health.
Legislators now want Minister Aceng summoned to brief parliament on the matter.
379m US Dollars loan was approved in April this year by parliament to FINASI/ROKO amidst opposition for Lubowa Specialised International Hospital project of 264 beds capacity both opposition and NRM legislator.
And now it seems the game is back in the field, this time around for blocking entry for the Parliament’s National Economic Committee to monitor the project.
“It’s beyond abuse! It’s beyond arrogance! It’s beyond a situation that should not be in a modern democratic Uganda,” Hon David Abara, Ngora County said.
Asuman Basalirwa, Bugiri Municipality legislator said they are going to summon Minister Aceng to tell parliament what’s going on at the site, and why they blocked them from accessing the site.
“It’s really unfortunate! We will summon the Minister to come to the floor and explain why a project we have guaranteed is out of reach by parliament,” Hon Basalirwa said.
James Waluswaka, Bunyole West legislator in his view, legislators would have forced their way in.
“I am told there was a grader at the gate! You just pull out one mabati and enter, but now the Members of Parliament who went they looked helpless,” Waluswaka said.
However, some legislators who opposed the loan acquisition for the project felt excitement upon hearing what had happened to their colleagues who had gone to inspect the Lubowa Hospital site.
“The only problem we have is that even Members of Parliament who are not fond of sleeping at the time of debate or internalising issues, some of them are mafias. So, am so excited over what happened to them,” Hon Mbwatekamwa, Kasambya County legislator said.
“We have been crying! We have been telling the nation that there’s something fishy going on. You remember when we were passing the loan for that particular Hospital we rejected,” Gilbert Oulanyah, Kilak South County legislator said.