The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has written to the Prime Minister, also the leader of government business in parliament asking government to streamline official funerals.
Following the death of former Attorney General Peter Nyombi over the weekend, parliament failed to hold a special sitting for him on Wednesday because it was in recess.
Rugunda yesterday said it was not intentional for Parliament’s to deny special sitting for Nyombi .
“Government decided with Parliament to bring his body here to lie in state to enable those who are in Kampala have an opportunity to pay their tribute to him,”Rugunda told journalists on Wednesday.
However, in a letter to Rugunda, Kadaga has expressed concern over the manner in which official funerals are held which she says leaves a lot to be desired.
“The current practice of official funerals accorded to dignitaries who are non -sitting members leaves a lot to be desired. This is because information on government’s decision to accord a deceased an official funeral is at times communicated late,”Kadaga says in a letter also copied to the deputy speaker, Leader of Opposition in parliament, government chief whip and the president through his Principal Private Secretary.
In the letter, Kadaga says that arrangements and financial assistance to are on many occasions not fully met by the executive as it is supposed to be leaving parliament with the burden to meet them in a bid to avoid embarrassment.
According to the speaker, such things that force parliament to dig deep into its pockets to cover the gap leave the August house’s budget constrained on activities not catered for, a thing she says has to stop.
“The purpose of this letter is to request you to streamline the policy of official funerals so that the executive can meet its obligations as expected and parliament should be left to handle ceremonial activities at parliament.”
Kadaga adds that items like feeding and transport to families is and paying the police band as has sometimes happened cause embarrassment to government.
“it is important to note that the way prominent deceased persons are handled have obvious political and social connotations which if not carefully handled can lead to senses of discontent, marginalization, disharmony and mutual suspicion in certain parts of the country.”