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EXCLUSIVE: Inside Plans to Restructure Parliament Commission, COSASE Leadership

IN SUMMARY: Parliament is concluding plans to restructure accountability and budget committees, parliamentary commission and appointments of respective leadership.

ChimpReports has exclusively learned that the Rules of Procedures of Parliament are being amended to allow changes in the structure and appointment of leadership of Parliament Commission, committees of Commission, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises (COSASE), Local Government Accounts and Budget.

The plan is seeking for the election of Parliamentary Commissioners and committee leaders by members as opposed to the current appointment by party leadership.

According to knowledgeable sources, the famous COSASE is going to be divided into 3 parts, each to separately handle Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises.

While some MPs from Forum for Democratic Change affiliated to President Patrick Amuriat believe the move is meant to nosedive the pending appointments made by Amuriat in August this year, those supporting the amendment say there is need to make changes to handle new challenges.

The Local Government Accounts committee will as well be split into 3 and each to separately handle districts, municipalities and town councils and sub-counties combined.

“Districts have become so many and a single committee (Local Government Accounts) can no longer handle everything alone,” a source involved in the arrangement said.

The Rules of Procedures of Parliament book is normally amended at the beginning of the first session of the particular Parliament. The Rules of 10th Parliament was concluded last year.

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If this uncharacteristic move to change rules at the middle of the tenure of 10th Parliament succeeds, political party leaders are going to be stripped off powers to appoint committee leaders and Parliament Commissioners.

The Commissioners of Parliament and accountability committee leaders serve for two and halve years and are expected to be changed this December.

ChimpReports on Sunday published an exclusive story that National Resistance Movement Caucus sitting at Entebbe on November 28th resolved to maintain Peter Ogwang of Usuk County, workers representative Arinaitwe Rwakajara and Kakumiro woman MP Robinah Nabanja as Commissioners of Parliament.

Amuriat in August 2018 appointed Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye to be a Commissioner but the Speaker ruled that Dokolo women representative Cecilia Ogwal was supposed to complete her term before new changes are made.

This investigative website understands the new move originated from the office of Clerk to Parliament and several MPs have already given their views on record.

When contacted on phone, the Deputy Government Chief Whip, Solomon Silwanyi said he is not yet aware of the development.

Efforts to get comments from the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan and Opposition Chief Whip, Ssemujju Nganda were futile as their know numbers were not available. Ochan is currently in Bujumbura for East African Parliament sports tournament.

 

 

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