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Kadaga to FDC: My House, my rules

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has maintained her earlier stance to maintain the parliamentary committee of Commissions, Statutory and State Enterprises (Cosase) leadership after expiry of their tenure.

The committee led by Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu and Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among as vice chairperson is currently probing the irregular closure and sale of seven commercial banks.

Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ocan (FDC) forwarded Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa’s name to parliament as the new Cosase chairperson and Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante as a replacement for Among, to steer the committee for the remaining two and half years as per the parliamentary rules of procedure.

Last year on December 20, Katuntu wrote to Kadaga requesting for more time for the committee to wind up its investigations. Kadaga accordingly extended the Katuntu led committee schedule to February 20 this year.

However, the opposition was dissatisfied with Kadaga’s extension, demanding that the old leadership hands over to Munyagwa and Kasibante.

“We have encouraged the speaker to let the former leaders handover and new leaders continue. Unless they have some vested interest [otherwise] they should handover and be part of Cosase [the probe] and follow-up to the end,” Aol said yesterday in an interview.

“It’s wrong for us to keep dilly dallying…I have not finished this…that. Can you finish everything?” she added.

Under the parliament rules of procedure, the opposition is in charge of designating the leadership of all accountability committees including Cosase.

But, Kadaga at a news conference at parliament today, said as the head of parliament and custodian of the rules of procedure, she has decided that the current leadership concludes the investigations and present the report by end of next month. 

“I am the head of this institution and my proposal is good for the institution. What we are doing is the work for the people of Uganda not for parties,” Kadaga said.

Kadaga said the current Cosase committee leadership would handover only after parliament received and debated the Bank of Uganda probe report.

“Cosase is winding up on the Bank of Uganda investigations. We expect them to write the report and hand it over to the House before they move but the choice will come after they have reported,” Kadaga said.

The other accountability and standing committees' leadership will expire on January 13.



+1 #11 gwok 2019-01-06 16:06
Quoting Bossman:
Kadaga to FDC: "My House, my rules". I have never such idiocy in my entire life. In fact, after reading the head line, i did not want to continue because i did not want to throw.... It is not her house, the house belongs to the people of Uganda. It is not her rules, these are rules set for the people of Uganda.

Are these people relly think they own this country. Museveni owns Uganda and now comes Kantaanga or sorry Kadaaga owning the house.

If she thinks that she owns that house, then she is OUR housewife because we (the people of Uganda, women & men, collectively & inclusively) own that house & there is no doubt about that ownership.
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+1 #12 WADADA rogers 2019-01-06 22:23
I hope the readers and the commenters are aware that Kadaga is a Lawyer, infact at the level of a supreme court judge.

Am sure she knows what she is doing within the confines of the law that most of you are referring to.

Katuntu and Among being members of the opposition, it has become hard for my friends in the opposition to drag them to court.
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0 #13 Lakwena 2019-01-07 08:02
Quoting naboma:
I thought FDC wants to change the chairman not the committee and what is wrong with that?

Actually katuntu's contribution to the committee is as great as that of every committee member. without him being its chairman, nothing much will change.

And every one who qualifies to be MP can surely chair a committee- being chairperson is not a highly technical job at all.

In other words Naboma, many Ugandans suffer from personality cult worship syndrome.

E.g., although Mr. M7 has literally turned Uganda into hell for many, but to those who benefit from his inhumanity; he is better the Devil they know than an Angel from Heaven.
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0 #14 Lakwena 2019-01-07 08:04
Quoting gwok:
Quoting Daudi:
Parliament is governed under the laws of Uganda and its own Rules of Procedure. Those rules bind everyone including the speaker and the LOP.

Kadaga cannot therefore claim to be the rules.

I thought so too. By the way, in light of what M7 initially said about that Soga girl's "African hair", what do I see on top of Madam Speaker's?

To me it looks like a double wig arrangement - a white wig on top of a black one. Any confirmation out there? If trues, what does that mean?

To me, its implied meaning in the context of what the president said about wigs is that If a woman is not beautiful, it it does not matter if she wear a wear a wig. What do you think? [I have allowed myself the possibility that my logic might be twisted on this WIG issue].

Come on Gwok!
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