Fresh Prime Minister Designate Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda will wait until Tuesday next week before getting parliament’s green light to take over his new office.
This was revealed by Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga, while presiding over today’s Plenary session at Parliament.
Rugunda was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni last Friday to replace Kinkiizi West MP Amama Mbabazi as Premier, for reasons yet to be divulged.
In a letter dated September 18, addressed to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Museveni directed that Parliament approves Dr Rugunda as the new Prime Minister.
The approval, which, according to media reports was meant to happen yesterday, did not, sparking pointed arguments from some members of parliament.
“We have received the President‘s letter that Amama Mbabazi was relieved of his duties, yet we haven’t approved his replacement. How is government handling its business without a Prime Minister?,” wondered Tororo Country MP Hon Godfrey Ekanya yesterday.
Presiding over the House, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah allayed the concerns saying that there existed a Deputy Prime Minister who would fully coordinate government business.
Speaker Kadaga told the house this afternoon that she had received the president’s letter and that; Rugunda’s approval would be effected next week on Tuesday September 30.
Meanwhile Kadaga appealed to the new Prime Minister to pick from where his predecessor left, for instance by fast tracking the Opposition – geared Electoral reforms.