MPs want special day for physical exercises

Members of Parliament want government to dedicate a special day every week for physical fitness exercises.

Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa moved a motion for a resolution of Parliament to urge government to encourage physical exercises in the country.

In his motion, Mbwatekamwa proposed that every Saturday, for five hours starting at 7.00am to 11.00am should be designated for exercise for all Ugandans.

He further proposed that all institutions of learning and work places should provide health fitness plans and spaces for students and staff.

The motion received overwhelming support from either side of the House with MPs arguing that such a day would reduce the risk of people getting knocked by motorists.

“In Uganda, our infrastructure does not allow us to exercise. We compete with boda bodas, taxis and all other road users. Therefore, this gazetted day will be very useful,” Masindi Woman MP Jalia Bintu said.

Kumi Woman MP Monicah Amoding said that there is need to prioritise physical exercises since it could solve the problem of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and blood pressure, thus offering a chance of saving the country the cost of treating such diseases.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke suggested that the Ministry of Education and Sports should not licence schools without sporting facilities.

“We should stop taxing bicycles especially for children as if they are luxuries. We should ensure  our roads have facilties that allow for physical exercises. The Education Ministry should also stop licensing schools without a physical exercises  plans,” Nambooze said.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that given the  seriousness of the issue, two days need to be designated for Parliamentarians since Parliament has the facilities but unfortunately, the MPs don’t use it.