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Kadaga Rejects FDC Changes on Commission, PAP and Committee Leadership

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.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga delivering her ruling on the recent FDC Party reshuffles.

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has rejected the appointment of Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP to the Parliamentary Commission, saying that it is not tenable. 

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party President, Patrick Amuriat Oboi dropped Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal from the Commission and replaced her Mwijukye early this month.

 

But in her communication to parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga noted that the Parliamentary Commission is established by the Constitution, the Administration of the Parliament Act and the Parliament Rules of Procedure, which prescribe a two and half year term for a Parliamentary Commissioner.

The Parliamentary Commission is established by Article 87 of the Constitution and Section 2 of the Administration of the Parliament Act. The Composition of the Commission is prescribed in Section 2 of the Act and Rule 11 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure to include four back benchers.

 

"Section 2 (2c) of the Administration of the Parliament Act and rule 11 (5) of the Parliament Rules of Procedure require that the four MPs serve for a period of two and half. The four back bench commissioners may leave or be removed from the office of a Commissioner as prescribed in Section 2 (2c), 3, 4 and 5 of the Administration of the Parliament Act," said Kadaga in part.

She explained that the appointment of MP Mwijukye, which appears to replace Ogwal, cannot be effective since she hasn't served full term as prescribed under the law.

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The Speaker also declined the proposed appointment of Busongora North MP, William Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament (PAP), which is provided for under Article 2 of the Protocol for the Establishment of the African Community.

Article 4 of the Protocol and Rule 4 of Appendix d of the rule of Procedure of the Parliament of Uganda prescribes the composition of PAP. It provides for five representatives from each member state from diverse political opinions from the parliament of the member states.

 

"The term of members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) is prescribed in Article 5 of the Protocol and Rule 4 of Appendix d to the rules of Procedure of Parliament. These provisions require that the term runs concurrently with the term of parliament, in this case, five years," said kadaga.

 

She advised FDC to consider Article 5 (4) of the Protocol and rule 4 (2) of Appendix d of the rules of Procedure, which outlines circumstances under, which the seat of a member of PAP may be vacant.  These include death, resignation in writing to the President of the PAP, physical or mental incapacity, misconduct and withdrawal of a member state from the African Union among others. 

Kadaga argued that since none of these has happened, the appointment of another member replacing Prof. Ogenga Latigo who is serving on the FDC ticket in PAP is untenable. 

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She also addressed herself to the proposed changes to the leadership of accountability committees by the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party in parliament.

 

The FDC Party President recently reshuffled chairpersons of accountability committees and appointed Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri West MP as the new Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputized by Okin P.P Ojara, the Chwa West MP.

 

He also appointed Franca Judith Akello, the Agago Woman MP Chairperson of the Local Government Accounts Committee deputized by Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP. 

The party also appointed Mubarak Munyagwa, the Kawempe South MP as Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) deputized by the Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante.

Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi County MP retained his position as Chairperson of the Government Assurance Committee deputized by Nakawa county MP, Michael Kabaziguruka.

 

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.

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