In reference to false claims made by Hon. Paul Akamba (Busiki County), claiming that Gen. Jeje Odongo used his office to harass and maliciously deport a Turkish national, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has cautioned Members of Parliament to stop bringing issues to the floor of the house for which they cannot substantiate.
The Deputy Speaker made this observation in his opening remarks for the Thursday afternoon plenary session. Advising MPs to refrain from every public issue without doing due diligence to confirm the truth of the matter.
“Hon. Members, this is a national parliament, the discussions are televised and monitored internationally and affect people directly. By just saying what we say, people get affected. So when you make statements it must be entirely factual. But if it contains falsehoods, it causes some difficulties honorable members” Oulanyah said.
Oulanya claims that several statements have been made by MPs on the floor of parliament, only to later turn out that the statements are false.
Referring to the false accusations about General Jeje, the Deputy speaker suggested that, “Hon members if only the honorable member had the courtesy to call the Gen. Jeje Odongo, those statements wouldn’t have made it to the record of parliament because they are entirely not true.
Oulanya continued to recount on false accusations made by some MPs suggesting that he also received calls from aggrieved members of the public over false claims made by a legislator in parliament involving leaders of a boda boda association in Mbale known as “Tugende boda boda” which also turned out to be false.
The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya has on several occasions lamented on the level of debate in parliament questioning the effort members invest in research on key issues presented in the house.
Oulanyah also condemned xenophobic attacks by South Africans calling for better ways to settle differences including tightening boarders as being adopted in the western and European countries.