The 8th Parliament, which is Uganda's first multiparty legislature in the past 20 years, is in the process of organizing itself along party lines.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, Friday morning officially recognized Morris Ogenga Latigo of the Forum for Democratic Change as the Leader of the Opposition. John Okello Okello was announced as Chief Whip of the Uganda People's Congress and Issa Kikungwe is Chief Whip of the Democratic Party.
Outgoing Works, Housing and Communications Minister, John Nasasira, clarified that he is the interim Government Chief Whip, pending a formal announcement by the NRM.
According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, the Chief Whip is a political office assigned to an elected member of the legislature. The tasks of the Chief Whip include keeping MPs and peers informed of parliamentary business and ensuring that members of the party attend the House and vote as the party leadership desires. The Chief Whip also passes on the opinions of backbench members to the party leadership.
The Government Chief Whip is directly answerable to the Prime Minister, may attend Cabinet and makes day -to-day arrangements for the Government's business programme.
The Opposition Chief Whip receives advance notice of the Government's business programme each week, and no final decision is taken by the Government until after consultation with him or her.