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Kadaga, Oulanyah fights intensify with impeachment ploy

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga chairing parliament recently

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga chairing parliament recently

The rivalry between the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah has once again come to the fore, with a proposal reportedly aimed at impeaching Oulanyah in the offing. 

MPs from the Busoga caucus reportedly started collecting signatures to impeach the deputy speaker last week, a move that Oulanyah loyalists are suspicious could be coming from Kadaga’s camp. According to media reports, some MPs have already discreetly signed the petition. 

The fight between the two leaders of the legislative arm of government has over the years morphed into open fights in the leadership and management of parliament.  

The rivalry, which can be traced back to the aftermath of the 2016 general elections, has seen the two castigate each other, and disapprove each other’s methods sometimes even in the public domain. 

While Oulanyah allegedly said Kadaga has messed up parliament, Kadaga reportedly accuses her deputy of being arrogant and incompetent. On several occasions, Kadaga has overruled decisions taken by Oulanyah, declined his requests to travel and kept him 'away' from chairing the house. 

“Oulanyah sometimes goes for long without chairing the house, and in some cases he is made to sit during controversial topics, and when something interesting comes up, the speaker herself, takes over,” the source said explaining why Oulanyah has not chaired parliament since the lockdown started.  

However, amidst the chaos of the Shs 10 billion allocation to parliament, the fight took a new twist. On May 7, When parliament debated a motion to express displeasure with President Yoweri Museveni’s stance on the payments made to individual MPs, Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya, amended the motion to include the deputy speaker who they accused of betraying parliament by returning the money as per Museveni's directives, against the guidance of the speaker. 

Now URN has learnt that a section of MPs has started collecting signatures, to impeach Oulanyah. To impeach a speaker or the deputy, a seven days' notice signed by not less than one-third of all MPs is needed. In this case, those sponsoring the move would require at least 153 signatures in support. 

The motion needs to be passed by not less than two-thirds majority of all the voting MPs. But according to sources who work with Oulanyah, the deputy speaker has been preparing to take on the matter legally.  

“Ever since the motion was amended to express displeasure for him returning money, by an MP from Kadaga’s side, Oulanyah knew what was coming, and I am told he is going to take this legally,” a source close to Oulanyah said.  

A senior officer in the office of the clerk to parliament said that there was a proposal to impeach the deputy speaker, but this did not go beyond the Busoga caucus which was initiating the idea last week. The private press secretary to the speaker, Sam Obbo said that there is no such war between Kadaga and Oulanyah.  

“What I can confirm is that the speaker is not the one instigating all this. This is what you can quote me on,” Obbo said. Obbo added that he had read about the petition in the media, but had not seen it physically.   


+1 #11 MR 2020-05-18 19:08
Who cares if these useless pigs slotted each other. Either way the average Ugandan doesn't benefit whoever is left standing.

Not even the tribes or constituencies they represent
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0 #12 karemire 2020-05-19 01:54
Quoting Akot:
WADADA rogers,

Why have you given up on the future?

As long as Museveni rules, mps will continue earning for doing NOTHING for constituencies, but Ugandans can end this by not voting at parliamentary election any more!

While we wait for Ugandans to bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE to block & show Museveni way out, they MUST not vote in mps any more as they earn money for doing NOTHING for our people!

Until the only weapon Ugandans need "UNITY" comes, this MUST be the last batch of mps & useless parliament MUST be closed, as it was under Amin!

If WE (the people) do not vote anymore, what other options do we have for bringing about the change that we want?

Be brave and stand up to counted with Bobi & Zaak.
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