By Our Reporter
Parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDS has passed a resolution that, MPs must carry a mandatory HIV/AIDS test.
The chairperson of the committee Sarah Netalisire says that, this will help MPs to know their HIV/AIDS status.
“As leaders, we must be exemplary to the public. We must test for HIV/AIDS before making laws for our people to have a mandatory test. We are going to have mandatory test and declare our results in parliament” She noted.
She also said that “the MPs compulsory testing will motivate the public also to go for testing”
The HIV/AIDS committee members have also appealed parliament to create its HIV/AIDS trust fund.
Mbarara municipality MP Medard Bitekyerezo a committee member says that, the HIV/AIDS fund will help MPs and parliamentary staff to access condoms from all convenience places in parliament.
“It’s now 5months when Uganda cares is not supplying condoms in parliament. Leaving at parliament without condoms risks the lives of MPs because parliament is sexually active institution” Hon Bitekyerezo said.
“We have so many young staffs in parliament who cannot afford to buy condoms. We must help them by filling condoms in all convenience places in parliament to enable them accessing condoms” He added.
He further urged parliament to have a specific fund for procuring condoms in parliament.
“Parliament should consider procuring life condoms for Mps instead of depending on donors. We should create our own trust HIV fund” Bitekyerezo added.
Uganda cares withdrew from supplying condoms to parliament at the beginning of this year.