The passing of the proposal to increase the number of Ministers from 80 to 81 and the approval of Robinah Nabbanja happened without debate in the plenary sessions chaired by Deputy Speaker Annet Anita Among.
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has urged members of the 11th Parliament to ensure that debate in the house is evidence-based rather than speculation. Oulanyah was today opening the three day orientation exercise for the 529 members of Parliament.
Clement Obote Ongalo, the chairperson of the Rules, Privileges and Discipline commitee of Parliament had fronted the proposal on grounds that the current Rules of Procedure do not provide for a Speaker or Deputy to voluntarily resign. However, the rules provide for the impeachment of the two leaders.
According to Kadaga, the 10th parliament is remaining with limited time and they still have a lot of work to complete. She asked the legislators to get ready for the double sittings daily so that they execute their cardinal duties as outlined in the constitution.
During plenary on Thursday morning, Kadaga told MPs that last Friday, the President invited the top leaders of the arms of Government and during the meeting, they advised the President to declare a state of emergency. However, Kadaga said that it was objected by a cabinet Minister who convinced the President against declaring a state of emergency.