The Hansard shows that ever since the 2nd session of the 10th Parliament started in June 2017, out of the 445 MPs (excluding the Speaker and Deputy Speaker), 107 MPs didn’t say a word on the floor of Parliament and 64 of them only spoke once in the 35 sittings.
For the last 6 months of 2017, since the 2nd session of the 10th Parliament began, over 100 legislators didn’t say a single word on the floor of the House.
This is contained in a special report compiled by the Kampala Post basing on archives from the Hansard- the official report of Parliament that records all parliamentary proceedings including each MPs’ contribution in terms of speech in plenary or committee meetings.
The Hansard shows that ever since the 2nd session of the 10th Parliament started in June 2017, out of the 445MPs (excluding the Speaker and Deputy Speaker), 107 MPs didn’t say a word on the floor of Parliament and 64 of them only spoke once in the 35 sittings.
NRM MPs Most active
Only 91 MPs have contributed in the plenary 10 or more times with Kalaki County MP Clement Ongalo-Obote, also chairperson of the committee on Rules, Discipline, and Privileges being the most active MP having contributed 210 times. He is rivalled by Ndorwa West County MP David Bahati, also state minister for finance who contributed 123 times. The other MPs in the top 5 are; Ruth Nankabirwa (Kiboga district-NRM), Nandala Mafabi(Budadiri West-FDC) and Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko(Nakifuma County-NRM).
Notable among the MPs who have did not utter any word single word since June are; Kato Lubwama (Rubaga South-DP), Ishma Mafabi (Eastern Youth), Anita Among (Bukedea district), John Byabagambi (Ibanda South) and Ogenga Latigo (Agago North). See full list in the table at the the bottom.
MPs’ Performance per Region
The Hansard also reveals that MPs from western region have contributed on the floor of Parliament more than their counterparts from other regions since the beginning of the 2nd session of the 10 Parliament. Out of 2,831 times that all MPs have talked on the floor, western region MPs dominate having spoken 793 times. Western region is followed closely by eastern region (740), northern region (735) as central MPs remain lagging behind having contributed only 563 times.
In the first session of the 10th Parliament that started in June 2016 and ended in May 2017, records show that Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business Ruhakana Rugunda spoke the most times having contributed 478 times, followed by Bahati(427 times), Rubanda East MP Henry Musasizi -NRM(336 times) and FDC’s Nandala Mafabi (225 times).
It has also been noted that since the 10th Parliament started in June 2016, 25 MPs have not up to date made their maiden speech. The 25 MPs includes 5 ministers; Akiror Egunyu(Teso Affairs), Denis Ssozi Galabuzi(Luweero Triangle), Atwoki Kasirivu(Economic Monitoring) and Ronald Kibuule(Water).
The other MPs who have not spoken since the 10th Parliament started include; Justine Ayebazibwe (Isingiro Woman-NRM), Igeme Nabeta (Jinja Municipality West-NRM), Aston Kajara (Mwenge South-NRM), Joseph Kakooza (Buwekula County-NRM), Jovrine Kaliisa Kyomukama (Ibanda District Woman-NRM), Lt Gen Ivan Koreta (UPDF), Peace Kusasira (Mukono District-NRM), Lawrence Mangusho (Kween County-NRM), Lydia Mirembe (Butambala district-IND) , Peter Mugema (Iganga Municipality-NRM), Julius Mukasa (Bujumba County-IND), Cissy Namujju (Lwengo District Woman-NRM), Sylvia Nayebale (Gomba District Woman-NRM), Ninsiima Boaz (Kooki County-NRM), Nyiira Zerubabel (Buruli County-NRM), Rwemulikya Ibanda (Ntoroko County-NRM), John Bosco Seguya (Mawokota South-NRM)
Francis Takirwa (Col) (UPDF), Anne Mary Tumwine (Ntoroko District-NRM), Joel Yoweeri Ssebikaali (Ntwetwe County), Joseph Ssekabiito (Mawogola County-NRM).