Although the motion was initially against the president, Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya moved an amendment to include the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who was condemned for returning the 20 million Shillings he was given as part of the allocation.
Parliament has expunged from its
record a displeasure motion against the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. The
motion was passed at the height of controversies on the allocation of 10
billion Shillings that was given to the institution for interventions to
control the spread of coronavirus disease.
Although the motion was initially
against the president, who castigated parliament for the allocation, which he called a trap, Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya moved an amendment to
include the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who was condemned for returning the
20 million Shillings he was given as part of the allocation.
But Oulanyah said he returned the
money on the guidance of the President and Parliament. Prior to the return, the court had ruled that parliament erroneously appropriated the money.
Oulanyah wrote a letter
to the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga two weeks ago challenging the manner in which the
motion was handled and his name dragged into it. According to Oulanyah, Kadaga
wrote back to him saying she will expunge the name from the motion. However,
this had not been done to date.
He says if a motion against the
Deputy Speaker is going to hold, it should be substantive and not an informal
or amended one. Oulanyah says he has been seeking to have this record expunged
from the Hansard.
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Oulanyah unusually attended the
plenary session since morning and asked the Speaker to allow him speak. The
matter had not been handled when parliament took a lunch break, prompting Oulanyah
to follow the Speaker to the VIP room for further discussion of the matter.
Kadaga bowed to pressure and
asked that the name be expunged from the Hansard.
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Upon the Speakers Pronouncement, Oulanyah walked out of plenary and told journalists that he had to attend
the session, because the matter he had not yet been
handled as he requested.
Kadaga and Oulanyah have had conflicts stemming from a 2016 contest for the number three
position in the country. The two have openly failed to agree on the procedure
of who should chair the house and on several occasions accused the other of
working against them.