Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has agreed that business resumes tomorrow after suspending the House over the chaos that broke out on Tuesday last week.
Kadaga had said that parliament will not sit until the committee on rules, privileges and discipline that she directed to investigate the disruption of parliament proceedings has come up with its report.
The Speaker had given the committee up to today but the committee has not reached anywhere with its investigations so they asked her to let plenary resume as they also proceed with the investigations.
Rules Committee Chairman Fox Odoi said it will not be possible for them to come up with a comprehensive report in only three days and it would be wastage of time to continue putting parliamentary business on hold as the investigation stays on.
He however says that the committee will tomorrow produce a preliminary report to assure the house that it is doing its job.
The committee’s objectivity is however under scrutiny as many people including Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi have questioned the moral authority of the members of the committee to carry out such an investigation yet they were also part of what erupted.
Odoi said the committee has decided to ignore those criticisms because they are well aware of their position and know how to handle the situation.
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He however recognizes that the committee’s task is a tough one since almost the whole house was involved in the fracas during the debate on the Petroleum Bill 2012. He says the committee will summon over 200 MPs as witnesses. At the heart of the disagreement is Clause 9 of the bill which gives the Energy Minister powers in the management of the oil resources, a role most MPs want to be played by the Petroleum Authority.
The committee is required to identify members responsible for disrupting the proceedings, those that attempted to grab the Parliamentary Mace from Sergeant at Arms and those that could have exhibited gross disorderly behavior including rowdy conduct and heckling.