The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected two of the appointments that were last week made by the President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Patrick Amuriat Oboi for failure to satisfy the rules of Procedure.
The FDC president appointed Busongola North MP, William Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) replacing Prof. Ogenga Latigo as well as Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye to replace Cecilia Ogwal as Parliament commissioner.
The appointments were read to the house last week and the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who promised that guidance will be given after legal interpretation on when the appointments will take effect.
During her communication to the house, Kadaga noted that these changes cannot be effected since the positions are capped with term limits.
“The composition of the Parliamentary Commission is provided for in section (2) of the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament to include four bench members of Parliament, section 2 (c) of the Administration of Parliament Act which require that the four MPs serve for a period of 2 and a half years.”
“In such a situation the appointment of Mwijukye cannot be effected since Hon. Cecilia Ogwal has not served her two and half years in office.”
Concerning the appointment of Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament, Article of the Establishment of the African Community which establishes the Parliament; Article 4 of the protocol and Rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament of Uganda requires that each member country is represented by five members.
“The term of Members of the Pan African Parliament is prescribed in Article 5 of the Protocol and Rule 4 of the rules of procedure which provides that the term runs concurrently with the term of Parliament and in this case, five years.”
Kadaga explained that changes can only be made in case the member has died, or unable to perform his duties or he is incompetent or he is recalled by Parliament.
Kadaga added that in the circumstance that such conditions as prescribed in the laid down guidelines, the appointments that were made can’t stand.