The Leader of Opposition – LOP in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan has
expressed disappointment against members of the Shadow Cabinet for absenteeism
in weekly meetings. The meetings are held from 8:30 to 10:00 am every Tuesday
whenever Parliament is functioning.
The LOP appoints and heads an alternative Shadow Cabinet whose duty is to
challenge and influence government legislation on the floor
The shadow cabinet comprises 32 members drawn from Forum for Democratic
Change, Democratic Party, Uganda People's Congress, Congress Party
and Justice Forum JEEMA.
Speaking to URN in an interview, Aol disclosed that members of her Shadow
Cabinet are frustrating her administration by habitually absconding from meetings.
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Akol Anthony, the Kilak North MP and shadow Minister Finance, Planning
and Economic Development admitted that the majority of MPs are busy on levelling
the ground in their constituencies for re-election in 2021 general polls.
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Gilbert Olanya, the former Defense Minister, also the Kilak North MP who
was among the MPs dropped by Aol in 2018 before announcing a new cabinet also
agrees that MPs are too busy with other responsibilities that limit them from
attending such meetings.
The two lawmakers are even anticipating tougher times for the Leader of
Opposition as most other Shadow Cabinet would be spending more in their constituencies
to consult their constituents for re-election.
But Aol challenged her Cabinet to prioritize the work they are
undertaking in Parliament for which their electorates sent them in to fulfil
their mandates of servant leadership.
Other members of the Shadow Cabinet in Aol’s administration include;
Medard Ssegona (DP, Busiro East) in charge of Justice and Constitutional
Affairs, and Wilfred Niwagaba (Independent, Ndorwa East) as the Auditor