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.
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.