The leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) Betty Aol Ochan is engaged in a war of nerves with the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga over Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises committee (COSASE) chairman, Abdu Katuntu.
Before sending parliament into recess for the festive season, Kadaga asked Aol to allow her extend the tenure of the Katuntu noting that his Committee is still investigating irregularities at Bank of Uganda.
Kadaga asked Aol in a letter last week to give Katuntu and his deputy, Anita Among one month to complete the inquiry into closed banks.
She said after that, Mubarak Munyagwa (MP Kawempe South) and his deputy Moses Kasibante (MP Rubaga North) can then take over the leadership COSASE.
Kadaga argued that only this current committee can bring a logical conclusion to the BoU.
Kadaga recommended for the tenure to be pushed from January 13, 2019 when it is expended to expire, to at least February 20, 2019 to allow effective conclusion of the BoU probe.
Before Aol could make her outright refusal known, FDC secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, accused Kadaga of conspiring with Katuntu to overstay.
Aol too rejected the proposal, saying, “For someone to think he or she is the only person who can handle something, then it is unfortunate because we are mortal, and if you are not there, someone else has to continue with your work”.
Aol accused Kadaga of trying to undermine the decision of FDC party leadership that made the said changes.
Katuntu who doubles as the Bugweri County MP told Daily Monitor will not be distracted and will focuse on accomplishing the task at hand.
“I do not have time to waste. I am a serious person; what I do, I do it for this country. I don’t do politicking, just leave me alone, next time call me we talk about serious issues,” Katuntu told Monitor.
Anita Among (Independent, Bukedea) said she only cares about decisions issued by the Speaker.
“I don’t mind about any other noise. We have one leader in Parliament; that is the Speaker and we go by the Speaker’s ruling. If she says we leave, we have no problem. We have an assignment that we must complete.”
Among said the assignment involves writing the report and presenting it to Parliament.
The parliament accountability committees like COSASE, PAC, LGAC, Government Assurances Committee and other standing committees serve two and half years.
These accountability committees are headed by opposition MPs appointed by the leading opposition party in the house.
It’s upon this background that FDC President Patrick Amuriat Oboi appointed Munyagwa to head COSASE and be deputised by Kasibante.
It is believed that some unscrupulous people in BoU who are under probe want a tough and strict Katuntu out so that Munyagwa who is viewed by many as a “comedian and unserious” can be used to water down the COSASE report.