The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) insists that Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa will take over the leadership of parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) despite protestations from the speaker.
The tenure of Cosase's leadership under Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu expires at the end of this week. However, the change in the committee leadership has become a sticking point, with speaker Rebecca Kadaga insisting on having Katuntu's tenure extended.
Kadaga last week said that the current leadership of the committee will only hand over the office after completing the ongoing probe into Bank of Uganda (BoU). She advised FDC to extend Katuntu's tenure up to the end of February in order to ensure that the work of parliament is not stifled.
FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told journalists at the party headquarters that he has written to Kadaga, reminding her that Katuntu must hand over this week, and leave the new leadership with the discretion of moving forward with the Bank of Uganda probe.
"I have informed the speaker that we can save the Bank of Uganda investigations using rule 206. Under rule 206, you can a committee can co-opt any member for a specific assignment for a specific period. And I have told the speaker that I have already spoken to the new leadership of Hon. Munyagwa and they have agreed that when they assume officer which I guess is this week, they will co-opt or any other member of their choice. They can even ask the Hon. Katuntu to chair the Bank of Uganda probe up to the end." said Ssemujju.
Munyagwa last week said he is ready to take over the leadership of Cosase from Katuntu and complete the central bank probe.
When FDC reshuffled leadership in parliament in August last year, Ssemujju says Kadaga requested the party to let committee's complete the work they were doing. But some committees took on new assignments.
FDC has been systematically shuffling leaders who were seen to be sympathetic to former party president, Gen Mugisha Muntu. He quit the party last year and has promised to launch a new party.