The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, has implored Parliament staff not to renegade on their duties saying that a lot is expected from them.
“A few weeks from now, we’ll have a new Parliament, with only a few experienced MPs (from earlier parliaments),” he said adding, “The only constant factor is the staff. You are the institutional memory of Parliament. Do not renegade on that responsibility.”
Oulanyah made these remarks during the Parliamentary Service staff party held at Parliament on Friday April 1, 2016.
“You are one of that category of people who are paid well; it may not be enough, but remember that to whom much is given, much is expected,” he said.
The term of the current/9th Parliament is scheduled to end in mid May.
More than 50 percent of MPs in the current Parliament lost their seats and will not be part of the 10th Parliament, whose members will be sworn in next month.
At the function, staff joined hands with the Deputy Speaker, Parliamentary Commissioners – Hon. Rosemary Seninde (NRM, Wakiso district), Hon. Regan Okumu (FDC, Aswa) and Hon. William Nokrach (NRM, PWDs, Northern), for a rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1985 hit ‘We are the World’ which got all the guests on their feet in unison.
Oulanyah implored staff to exhibit the unity and harmony shown during the party to remain solidly united to face the challenges expected in the future.
“Congratulations on another successful year of service. During the past year 2015 you as staff have made Parliament a respectable and dignified institution, and have done away with public fear of the House because of the way you received, treated and served them,” he said.
“Thanks for that dedication and love for service,” he added.
He congratulated the Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Lubowa Kibirige, Deputy Clerks, Mr. Okello Obabaru (Corporate Affairs) and Mr. Paul Wabwire (Legislative Services) and Parliament administration for providing the desired leadership in the Parliamentary Service.
“I am happy to see unity and solidarity exhibited. It demonstrates organic unity,” he said, adding “Like a tree, the roots do not compete with the branches because they serve the same tree.”
The Deputy Speaker challenged staff to give their “best to the Service; not just enough to keep themselves in employment.”
The Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Kibirige thanked the Parliamentary Commission for the staff salary enhancement and asked staff to take their responsibilities seriously so as to register more achievements.
At the function, Ms. Beatrice Geria, a Senior Administrative Assistant was named Employee of the Year, 2015 while Mr. David Masajjage was named runner up. Mr. Ahmed Kagoye, the Sergeant At Arms took the Leadership (Best Director), with Ms. Helen Kawesa as the runner up.
The Department of Legal and Legislative Services was named best department in the Service for having successfully defended Parliament in various cases in courts of law.