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COSASE SAGA: Demoralized Parliament Rules Committee Reluctant to Summon IGG Mulyagonja

Members of Parliament on Rules Privileges and Discipline committee have developed cold feet on summoning the Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja over failure by the house to debate 3 investigation reports accomplished by the committee.

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on February 28th 2019 directed the committee chaired by Kilaki county MP, Clement Obote Ongalo to summon Mulyagonja to explain her letter alleging that some legislators were compromised during the Bank of Uganda probe.

The IGG’s letter to Internal Security Organization Director General, Brigadier Kaka Bagyenda stated that Mr Sudhir Ruparelia provided cash payments to former chairperson of Parliament committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises, Abdu Katuntu and his Deputy Anita Among and two MPs including Kasilo county’s Elijah Okupa and Odonga Otto of Aruu county.

ChimpReports has learnt that the Rules committee has not yet taken a step to engage Mulyagonja and the committee members are instead going to converge on Tuesday next week, two weeks after the Speaker’s directive, to develop a work plan and reference.

A committee member anonymously told this website that their work has for many times been taken for granted, something many members are not happy with.

“We have thoroughly handled a number of cases and made reports that have never seen the light of day on the floor of the house,” said a member who asked not to be named.

On September 15th 2016 Speaker Kadaga directed the Rules, Privileges and Discipline committee to examine some media houses over what was described as continued publication of negative and damaging reports.

The House was bitter over media reports that Shs 2bn was spent on a delegation of 78 legislators including the Speaker and her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah, to Uganda North America Convention in the United States. The publication followed a Daily Monitor’s story that Parliament had planned to spend Shs 68m for MPs’ funeral expenses.

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Speaker Kadaga gave the committee only two weeks to make a comprehensive report and report to the house. Over two and half years down the road, the report is yet to be tabled on the floor.

On March 15th 2018 Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah directed the same committee to investigate conflict between Speaker Kadaga and Land’s State Minister, Persis Namuganza. Namuganza had spent 3 weeks attacking Kadaga in the media and also appealed to her supporters not to allow Speaker to step in her constituency.

The report of the committee into the conflict of the two leaders is also yet to be tabled on the floor.

On December 18th 2018, Speaker Kadaga directed Rules, Discipline and Privileges Committee to study and come up with the modality of the election of Commissioners after the nullifying of the previous designation by political parties.

The committee concluded its work in mid-January but it has also never been tabled on the floor.

When contacted on phone, the acting Communications and Public Relations Director, Hellen Kawesa Nanteza said that the committee has not lodged any concern to the Speaker or Clerk.

“The directive (to summon the IGG) was adopted by the whole house and no objection was raised. The committee members know the procedures in case of any misgivings but nothing has been registered yet,” said Ms. Nanteza.

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