Members who attended the meeting that ended close to 8;30 pm, told URN that although there were proposals that the members spend the night at State House, Entebbe to finalize the matter, many suggested that the meeting be moved to 8 am on Sunday so that both the candidates for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker can be agreed upon.
The objective of the Bill is to amend the Administration of Parliament Act to allow for the election of Leader of Opposition following the nomination of at least three contenders by the leading opposition party. It also seeks to amend the method of choosing the party whips, choosing the deputy Leader of Opposition and whips.
It is reported that after the loan application was rejected by Parliament on January 7, 2016, the Ministry of Finance amended the objective of the loan to indicate that money was urgently needed to procure medical supplies for the country. It was subsequently approved three months later.
Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju county MP, says MPs who supported the amendments have worked against the country. He argues that the approved amendments are not for peace, development and transformation of the country.
Government ministers took over the moment of laying wreaths on behalf of the opposition, whose absence was not explained. Ruth Nankabirwa, the Government chief whip laid the wreath on behalf of the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, while Chris Baryomunsi the State for Housing laid the wreath on behalf of Secretary-General Forum for Democratic Change Nandala Mafabi.
Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament is the latest opposition legislator to return the money. Mpuuga returned the money to the finance office in parliament on Thursday afternoon.
Both opposition and the ruling party legislators are engaged in closed-door meetings ahead of a possible showdown this afternoon over a motion seeking to lift the presidential age limits from the constitution.
Tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu has condemned the fracas in which legislators exchanged blows on the floor of parliament. Parliament this afternoon degenerated into a fist-fight moments after the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga gave Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi a go-ahead to present a motion seeking for the amendment of Article 102 b of the constitution, paving way for the possible removal of presidential age limits.
The activists under the White Angels umbrella took over the city streets early morning dressed in while overall with inscriptions denouncing the proposed constitutional amendment. They used the sound of a ringing bell to capture public attention, followed by a message encouraging Ugandans to rise up and block the amendment.