The chairperson of the committee Robinah Rwakoojo told Parliament that her committee could not proceed with a meeting with Kafuuzi after he informed the committee that he was not holding the portfolio for the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
The Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday disagreed with Members of Parliament
sitting on the legal committee after they turned away the Deputy Attorney
General, Jackson Kafuuzi.
Kafuuzi had appeared before the committee to answer questions regarding the
Law Revision Fines Instrument of 2021.
The chairperson of the committee Robinah Rwakoojo told Parliament that her
committee could not proceed meeting Kafuuzi after he informed the
committee that he was not holding the portfolio for the Minister of Justice and
She explained that Section 2 of the Law Revision (Fines and other Financial
Amounts in Criminal Matters) Act, No. 14 of 2008 defines the Minister as one
responsible for Justice.
Rwakoojo said that the committee had no option but call off the meeting. She told MPs that a substantive Minister for Justice and
Constitutional Affairs should be appointed.
She also asked the Speaker to extend the time the committee should
consider the Instrument.
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However, in response, Oulanyah questioned whether the committee wanted a specific
person or resource person that can provide the information the committee
needed. He added that he was not sure if the actions of the committee are correct.
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Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga County MP said that it is not
strange for a Minister to stand in for another colleague. He said that it could
have been an oversight on the side of the committee to turn away the Deputy
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Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP defended Rwakoojo
saying that she had ably presented the position of the committee. He said that
the office of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has many
implications on the country’s laws and many government departments are stuck
with publications that require the signature of the Minister due to the clarity
of the Statute.
He said that their committee found it difficult to proceed with
the meeting with Kafuuzi since he was not formally
designated as the Minister.
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But Oulanyah insisted that he was not convinced because what the committee
needs is information rather than the person who has signed the document.
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He objected to the request of extending the time for the committee
to consider the statutory instrument.
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Oulanyah said that they will convene a meeting with all chairpersons and see
how to structure proceedings of the committees.