Parliamentary leaders have decided to put their egos aside and engage in dialogue so as to resolve the ongoing leadership impasse of the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase).
The Cosase standoff started after a suggestion by the speaker that the current committee, headed by Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu first completes the probe into the irregular sale and closure of commercial banks, before handing over to a new team. The tenure of the current committee expires on January 13, 2019.
While the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga wants FDC to extend Katuntu's tenure up to the end of February, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party is demanding that the new team headed by Mubarak Munyagwa, takes over the probe. They argue that any extension of the committee term contradicts legislative procedures.
Kadaga and the FDC leadership have been having public public exchanges over the matter. They are now planning to meet the outgoing chairperson Katuntu and his successor Munyagwa and a number of other legislators, among them opposition chief whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and shadow attorney general Wilfred Niwagaba. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 14, 2019.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) Betty Aol Ocan is optimistic that the matter will be settled through dialogue. The committee was expected to finalize its engagement with Bank of Uganda today and resume on Wednesday next week, beyond the Sunday, January 13 deadline. However, Katuntu was not present in the Friday meeting.