Kyadondo East County legislator Muwada Nkunyingi is calling for a review of the actions of the foreign affairs ministers, citing diplomatic concerns and financial implications for Uganda. Nkunyingi expressed his discontent with the foreign affairs ministry’s decision to send over 70 individuals to represent Uganda at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Nkunyingi, who also serves as the shadow foreign affairs minister, revealed that he and other Members of Parliament have drafted a motion of censure against Foreign Affairs Minister Jeje Odongo and Foreign Affairs State Minister Henry Okello Oryem. They plan to present this motion when Parliament resumes its sessions, as it is currently in recess.
The legislator criticized the ministry’s decision, particularly in light of the country’s financial challenges. Nkunyingi argued that the large delegation not only caused diplomatic embarrassment but also wastefully used government resources that could have been allocated elsewhere.
He questioned the role of experienced minister Okello Oryem in allowing such a delegation to be approved. Nkunyingi also pointed out that some delegates, including Okello Oryem’s spouse, raised concerns about the selection process and the capacity in which they represented Uganda.
On September 21, Nkunyingi held a press conference to voice his concerns after a list of 71 accredited delegates emerged. He emphasized that the significant size of Uganda’s delegation was unnecessary and tarnished the country’s diplomatic image.
Nkunyingi further criticized the government for not directing efforts towards addressing the plight of Ugandan nationals detained in various countries, including Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Riyadh, among others.
The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, September 26. MP Muwada Nkunyingi is set to participate in a live studio interview on Urban TV’s Rush Hour program on Monday at 6:00 am to make a case for the ministers’ accountability.