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Promiscuous journalists forgiven, allowed back in parliament

13 March 2015, 21:31 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - After putting up a spirited fight against being kicked out from working in parliament, journalists who have been stationed there for over five years have today celebrated following the deputy speaker's cancellation of  the decision.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya said that journalists should continue operating in parliament.

But following the letter to news editors demanding them to field new parliamentary reporters as those who have spent more than five years were to be dismissed, a move that caused chaos amongst media practitioners, rights activists are demanding parliament explain who designed the letter that was sent to editors and to remind the deputy speaker to write to editors recalling the earlier sent letter to them.

The national coordinator, Uganda human rights network for journalists (UHRNJ) Robert Ssempala said, " We also want to know the motive behind the letter and its content. That act shows that parliament is now also violating the rights of journalists.''

Ssempala  mentioned that if the above among others are not adhered to, they are to consider legal means to call for redress in the powers of the parliamentary commission.

He however also  demanded that Ugandan parliamentary press association looks into the matters raised by some members of parliament against journalists in a bid to make their house clean.

The journalists were allegedly kicked out because they were involved in romantic relationships with MPs.

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