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Francis Mwijukye Finally Becomes Commissioner of Parliament

Buhweju Member of Parliament, Francis Mwijukye was on Friday elevated to the House’s highest decision making organ, the Parliamentary Commission.

The youthful legislator waited for 9 months since his appointment by the Forum for Democratic Change President Patrick Amuriat Oboi in August 2018.

Mwijukye was told to wait for expiry of two and half year term of Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal in December last year. The leadership of FDC President Patrick Amuriat, in a revenge style, purged the officials linked to former FDC President, Gen. Mugisha Muntu, who has now formed his own political party.

In December 2018 Parliament was engulfed in a leadership dilemma when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga declared that Commissioners are no longer going to be appointed by party leaders but elected from Parliament. Kadaga’s unilateral pronouncement precipitated an infrequent alliance between NRM and FDC party leaders, who uniformly rejected the move.

Parliament maintained old backbench Commissioners; Peter Ogwang, Arinaitwe Rwakajara, Robinah and Cecilia for six months after the expiry of their term until Friday when the House pronounced itself.

The Rules of Procedures of Parliament were amended on Thursday, emphasizing election of backbench commissioners curing the earlier implied “designation for election”.

The three NRM Commissioners returned unopposed as nominated by the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa. The opposition deputy whip Harold Muhindo also nominated Mwijukye unopposed.

The Aruu south county MP Samuel Odonga Otto unsuccessfully attempted to stop the process saying Government and Opposition Whips should nominate names and allow legislators a chance to elect them.

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