The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has disagreed with the Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja’s directive to security to investigate businessman, Sudhir Ruparelia for allegedly bribing Members of Parliament.
The IGG’s letter to Internal Security Organization Director General, Brigadier Kaka Bagyenda stated that Sudhir 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.
Speaker Kadaga said the IGG should have consulted the house instead of “casually” directing ISO to investigate MPs
“The IGG is an officer of this House; she reports to this House, but casually directs ISO to investigate us. I am very surprised that the IGG didn’t find it necessary to first consult my office on the matters contained in the letter before authoring the letter to ISO,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga during the plenary sitting on Thursday afternoon, also noted that COSASE members did not make any benchmarking trip out of Parliament as alleged in the IGG letter.
“If she had called me, I would have been able to tell her there was no benchmarking which she wants to investigate. Benchmarking is with my authorization, therefore, I am also being accused of facilitating some benchmarking, but she wants ISO to investigate that,” noted Kadaga.
The Speaker added that the IGG’s action is an attack on Parliament meant to mute the house investigation.
“I find the contents of this letter to be an attack on the parliament of Uganda, an attempt to muzzle investigations, stifle the voice of the people, intimidate and blackmail Parliament and its members in performance of its constitutional functions,” added Kadaga.