The rate at which critical information about the internal operations of Parliament is leaking to President Museveni has stunned Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Chimp Corps report.
Kadaga has now tasked Committee heads to “stop leaking secrets to President Museveni forthwith.”
Kadaga sounded this warning during Tuesday’s heated plenary session.
The Speaker, whom many believe has for long been nurturing presidential ambitions, said she had received intelligence information that some committee chairpersons habitually leak key information to the head of state.
Annoyingly, she says those behind (without mentioning names) this act do not have the courtesy to inform her.
“If it is about your constituency, that is your interest. But matters of this house which have not been discussed and you sit on the file and leak it to the president. I am cautioning members if such a thing happens again, you know what will happen to you,” Kadaga charged.
It remains unclear why Kadaga is uncomfortable with MPs sharing information with the president.
However. Kadaga has previously been accused of taking sides in critical investigations especially the Bank of Uganda probe.
Critics said Kadaga illegally kept MP Abdu Katuntu as COSASE committee chair during the BoU probe despite concerns over the his alleged connections with former Crane Bank boss Sudhir Ruparelia.
Kadaga, who also doubles as Kamuli woman MP, has given Ministry of Finance up to mid July this year to update Parliament on Bank of Uganda investigations.
This followed legislator’s rejection of an explanation by State Finance Minister, Hon. David Bahati that investigations were underway into circumstances under which extra pallets were found on a plane exclusively chartered to carry banknotes from France to Uganda.
Hon. Asumani Basaalirwa, the Bugiri municipality MP said clear information needs to be further reviewed to avoid convicting people wrongfully.
In a twist of events, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, the government whip known for defending regime interests, also took a swipe at the minister.
Nankabirwa said ever since this saga started unfolding in late April, nobody has come out with coherent information on contents of that extra cargo and correct owners.
“I don’t know whether my colleague the minister is in position to do that but as the house we want the investigations to be concluded as soon as yesterday,” she demanded.