A plenary session that was originally set to resume tomorrow, Tuesday 08 January 2019 will now take place on Wednesday 9th January, 2019.
On December 20, 2018, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga adjourned plenary sittings to Tuesday January 8.
“This is to inform you that plenary will resume on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 2:00pm and not 8 January 2019 as earlier communicated,” wrote Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament in a communication to MPs.
The house was set to kick off with a probe by the Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) that is investigating the sale of defunct commercial banks by Bank of Uganda.
Tensions are still high between Kadaga and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Ocan Aol, who wants her to kick out Cosase chair Abdu Katuntu and install Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa.
Uganda Law Society President Simon Peter Kinobe says the rules and procedures are very clear for the duration of a committee, however, the speaker can enlarge time for completion of task without extending the tenure.
“Rightly so, I think this committee should be allowed to complete this task,” he noted Monday while appearing on NBS television.
“We should be putting Uganda first as opposed to politicking; we are interested in results but results that have followed a due-process.”
Kinobe said Hon. Munyagwa should have been attending the committee proceedings right from the start to better understand the work the committee was doing.
He said the Speaker can enlarge time within which to complete a particular task and that is not extending tenure, it’s enlarging time to complete a specific task.
“I don’t think it is a question of her (Rebecca Kadaga) powers. Every institution has these procedures.”
“The best interest principle should be exercised, we are not interested in who is going to complete the report or how. We are interested in final results.”