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Parliament reporters banned after falling in love with MPs

12 March 2015, 18:03 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - 52 Ugandan journalists have been banned from covering Parliament proceedings because of their biased reporting after allegedly falling in love with MPs.

All the 52 journalists have been working in Parliament for over five years and are now threatening to seek court redress over the issue.

They claim that it is unconstitutional for Parliament administration to ban them because they have been there for over five years.

According to a letter signed by the clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige dated March 9, 2015 and distributed to all media houses, the commission decided to fire the journalists who have covered parliament for over five years.

However, the Parliamentary commission requested different media Houses that had been accredited to cover Parliament to seek replacements of the sacked reporters effective May 1, 2015.

An MP who requested anonymity said, ''Some journalists have turned Parliament into Sodom and Gomorrah. Some have fallen in love with MPs and they do not even hide their relatioship. I know of a journalist who loves a minister and he even pulls her when they meet in the corridors of the Parliament building."

The leader of opposition, Wafula Oguttu also said that he supported the sacking of journalists because some have become unruly.

He said, ''Some journalists have been criticized for getting married to MPs, being biased and having lovers in Parliament.''

However, the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Aulanyah said that he is going to consult parliament commission about its decision to fire over 52 journalists who have spent over five years reporting from Parliament.

This comes after Kole County MP, Fred Ebiru asked Parliament to clarify the decision to chase the Fourth Estate out of Parliament.

Oulanyah said that although he is a member of parliamentary commission, he was not part of the meeting that made that decision.

Dokoro County MP, Felix Okot Ogongo said that the decision was made in bad faith since the very journalists Parliament wants to ban are the very people who understand the workings of Parliament.

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition in Parliament, Wafula Ogutu said that he was not part of the meeting that decided to sack journalists from Parliament, however said that he supported the decision to sack journalists who have over stayed in parliament.

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