The report by the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee of Parliament is a result of a probe that followed a complaint raised by the Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who wanted to move a motion for Zaake’s removal from the parliamentary commission.
Regarding security, Solomon Kirunda told the committee that it is not one of the entitlements of Parliamentary Commissioners. He however hastened to add that during a Parliamentary Commission 93rd meeting held on 27th October, 2021, a concern was raised about the security of commissioners at their residences.
Rule 56 provides for Notice of motions and states that no Motion shall be moved unless the Member moving it has given written notice to the Speaker and the Clerk not less than three days previous to the sitting at which the member intends to move the motion. Rule 110 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure provides for the removal of a Commissioner and outlines the necessary processes to be followed.
The cuts affected the Office of the President (1.9 billion), State House (8 billion), Office of the Prime Minister (4.31 billion), Ministry of Defence (5.14 billion), Ministry of Finance (25.9 billion), Office of the Auditor General (3.9 billion), Makerere University (4.3 billion) Uganda Revenue Authority (8.8 billion), National Curriculum Development Centre (12.8 billion), Missions Abroad (11.6 billion) and others.
Parliament appropriated 831 billion Shillings for the Parliamentary Commission for the financial year 2021/2022 but available information indicates that the budget was cut by 80 billion Shillings. This is one of the measures undertaken to reorganize government expenditure amidst the tough economic times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Uganda Radio Network- URN has learnt from sources that those selected to sit on the Parliamentary Commission as Commissioners are Bukhooli Central MP Solomon Silwany, Rubanda Woman MP Prossy Akampurira and Zombo Woman MP Esther Afayochan.
Parliament has shortlisted four facilities to provide legislators medical insurance services worth Shillings 568 million in the remaining tenure of the Tenth Parliament. The tenure is left with 12 months after which a newly elected parliament will take over.
Through their lawyers of AF Mpanga and Company Advocates, the two legislators contend that parliament breached its rules of Procedure when it smuggled the issues of the said money into the Budget committee report without the consent of members.
However, Kadaga notes that whereas FDC party is empowered under rule 157 to make changes to the leadership of the Standing Committees; the timing of the changes is not favorable to the smooth operations of the committees and parliamentary business.
In his letter to the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Museveni noted that he was opposed to the decision by members of parliament to exempt themselves from taxes, saying it is injurious to the countrys revenue effort and not politically and morally correct.
Margaret Mbeiza, the Kaliro Woman MP, says she checked with her bank but didnt find the money. According to Mbeiza, she urgently needs the money to purchase a vehicle to facilitate her work in the constituency.
The trio was endorsed by the NRM party Central Executive Committee CEC at a meeting convened at State House, Entebbe on Wednesday evening. According to sources that attended the meeting, the trio was selected out of a list of 25 MPs who had expressed interest in the positions.
URN has learnt that the backbench MPs who served on the commission in the 9th Parliament, William Nokrach PWDs Northern and Reagan Okumu Aswa County who represents FDC have been asked to serve until a new commission is constituted.
However, the UPPA lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde argued that UPPA being the umbrella body for journalists accredited to cover the house was affected by the directive from the parliamentary commission and therefore sought redress.
On January 18th, Obore wrote to Ahmed Kagoye, the Sergeant at Arms at parliament directing him to close the UPPA office following disagreements with journalists over fresh guidelines requiring parliamentary reporters to poses a bachelors degree and three years of experience.