Honourable Sarah Achieng Opendi is the only Member of Parliament (MP) who voted not to turn 15 municipalities into unviable cities. It is reported that the gist of her submission, as to why she voted against it, is that it would be irrational to turn these municipalities into cities without first assuring that the ‘new’ cities would be appropriately and sufficiently resourced.
Hon. Opendi was reportedly overruled by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
And so, as Uganda battles the COVID-19 pandemic, and fresh from another unwise parliamentary decision – the 10 billing shilling saga, our parliament has this week passed a resolution to turn 15 municipalities countrywide into unviable cities.
The resolution reportedly passed with 313 votes of the 314 cast.
This re-confirms that our parliament is a cost centre rather than an ideas one; and that we simply have a bloated and an irrational parliament.