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Rules of Procedure, Mutebile Dominate Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet on Monday discussed the Parliamentary rules of procedure a day before the House debates the same.
Cabinet on Monday discussed the Parliamentary rules of procedure a day before the House debates the same.

 

The rules regulate the conduct of Members of Parliament both in the chamber and committees of Parliament.

Each new Parliament adopts its own rules of procedure before it commences business. The rules stipulate among others the dress code, language, rules of debate, sitting arrangement and other rules that govern parliament.

The rules and privileges committee of parliament, chaired by Fox Odoi has been ready with the report but the MPs have not been able to debate in Parliament. The Deputy Leader of Government business, General Moses Ali asked Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to allow government to have some time to read and comprehend the report.

Some of the points of contention in the rules include a procedure to have the Leader of Opposition and Prime Minister be censured. During the oil bribery allegations debate, the quest to have the prime minister, Amama Mbabazi censured hit a snag when the procedure was not provided for in the rules of procedure of parliament.

Moments after the cabinet meeting at the Parliamentary Buildings on Monday, Daudi Migereko the Acting Chief Whip told journalists that there is no cabinet crisis as described in the media. The meeting chaired by the Vice President Edward Sekandi will now allow the NRM caucus meeting, currently in Entebbe to come up with a clear position before the debate on Tuesday.

On the Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile’s role in the compensation of city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba, Migereko and Justice Minister Kahinda Otafire maintained that they have to wait for his side of the story before taking any action.

According to the PAC report, the governor wrote a letter of comfort on June 11, 2010 to Orient Bank and another to the United Bank of Africa the following day in support of Basajjabalaba’s request for further funding, giving assurance that the ministry of finance would pay the tycoon as soon as the budget was approved.

Mutebile is also blamed for not involving Bank of Uganda’s board and staff when he was committing the central bank on behalf of Haba Group. He told MPs when he appeared before the PAC that he had acted on the strength of the commitment of the then finance minister Syda Bbumba to reimburse Bank of Uganda, and on the advice of Solicitor General’s letter that Haba Group had receivables from government to the tune of Shs 142 billion.

The MPs said Mutebile allowed himself to be misled by Bbumba when the minister indicated that the payment to Haba Group would be effected within two financial years, yet the Secretary to the Treasury had advised that it would possibly be cleared within three financial years.

This will also form a base line discussion in the caucus meeting in Entebbe.

 

Both Bbumba and former Attorney General Prof. Khiddu Makubuya resigned their ministerial positions last week.

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