A section of Members of Parliament are protesting a move by United Nations General Secretary General- Antonio Guterres to drop Entebbe as the UN regional service centre in favour of Nairobi.
In the Tuesday Parliamentary sitting chaired by Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the members of parliament say the relocation of the UN service centre will not only deter the ongoing developments at Entebbe but also lead to loss of over 400 jobs.
Kadaga was upset that despite Uganda’s contributions towards peace in Africa, the country is being treated unfairly.
“Kenya has got United Nations Emergency programme on Immunisation (UNEPI) and so many other UN bodies. We have been paying with our blood, we have shed pure blood on this African continent much more than any other African country. I think we deserve to be supported,” Ms Kadaga said
“We discuss tomorrow (Wednesday), please organise your ammunition so we debate this matter and support the government,” Kadaga added.
Lwemiyaga legislator, Theodore Ssekikubo said blamed the government for being complacent while the country loses the UN base.
“Government is waking up to late, the lobbying has been going on in New York, as parliament we are telling government, enough is enough, why give the UN so much sacrifice for no return. These are the only returns we cannot afford to miss,” he said.
Angry legislators accused UN of not appreciating the role Uganda has played in fostering regional peace over the years.
However, some legislators said it is high time Uganda started losing some of these opportunities, as they have time and again been misused.
“The Ugandan government has done little to enable the operation of the UN base. Can this government tell us where they have put the money accrued from rentals that UN has been gibing us, we should have used it to improve our airport, look at the road going there, it is narrow, full of lead cars driving poorly,” Mohammad Nsereko, Kampala MP said.
Francis Mwijukye, Buhweju County MP, said it is high time the country woke up because every system has gone to the dogs and there is nothing deserving of it anymore.
“Whereas we are interested, we should clean our house, because the resolutions no longer help,” he said.
UN in a May 1 report to its Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), wrote recommending Nairobi as an alternative host, with the two other recommended locations being the Hungary and Mexico.
Museveni would later reply to UN calling the move unfair to Uganda.