Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu, says Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is a dictator in the making.
Oguttu says Kadaga has been in Uganda Parliament since 1989.
She served as Deputy Speaker for 10 years and now Speaker for 8 years. “…she can still abuse her office and bend rules to satisfy her ego,” Oguttu lashed out, disappointed with Kadaga’s decision to keep the current leadership of the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) in office.
Addressing press Thursday, Kadaga said the Abdu Katuntu-led committee is required to complete the Bank of Uganda Investigations, report to Parliament and thereafter handover to the new leadership.
“We are not rejecting changes in the leadership of COSASE, we want the current leadership to complete BoU Investigations and make a report to Parliament,” Kadaga said.
The committee’s tenure expires on January 13, 2019. Katuntu has since been designated to the committee on rules and privileges.
Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] leadership has been pushing Kadaga to install Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa and his deputy Moses Kasibante to their rightful positions.
In response, Kadaga told the Leader of Oppositon in parliament, Betty Aol Ocan: “I am the head of the institution and I make decisions for the country. I am the speaker of the House, I am the head of this institution and my proposal is good for the institution.”
She said she was not opposed to the changes but the Katuntu-led-committee was at a critical stage and handing over the process to another person will most certainly jeopardise the committee work.
The speaker said that there would be nothing wrong with the current committee to be given up to the end of February to write their report.
“…mbu [that], I am the Speaker and personal vested interests,” Oguttu lashed out.
He added: “Just another dictator in the making. Sad. Africa!”
Law society backs Kadaga
Before Parliament resumes business next Tuesday, Uganda Law Society believes the decision Kadaga took on Cosase is the right one.
ULS has since thrown weight behind the speaker’s move to extend the tenure of the leadership for parliament’s COSASE until it concludes the BOU probe.
Simon Peter Kinobe, the President Uganda Law Society, noted that the current team led by Bugweri County MP and Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among has nearly completed the exercise.
He said any interruption now would scale back the progress registered in that investigation and render the invested resources into this process so far to be a waste yet the time needed for them to produce a report is not that long.
The Law Society is a constitutional Body mandated to provide guidance wherever an impasse arises.
In a similar Development Buliisa County Mp Stephen Mukitale Birahwa (Former Chairman committee on National Economy) says that the impasse can be addressed by allowing Munyagwa and Kasibante to sit in the morning to handle other pending business awaiting the committee and the Katuntu/Among team continues with the probe until its concluded.
This, he says, is a middle ground.