The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa and her deputy Solomon Silwanyi have flatly denied any involvement in the imminent changes at Parliament expected to affect the COSASE leadership and the Parliamentary Commission.
We reported yesterday about the move among others to split accountability committees and also make chairpersons elected and not appointed by party leaders.
On November 23rd 2018 the Clerk to Parliament sent out an invitation to Members of Parliament to give their views on the review of Rules of Parliament.
The two days review from November 27th to 28th was originally meant to handle four items including: proposal to create a committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), review of the Rules to provide for Electronic Tabling of Documents, review of Rule 144 on consideration of the Budget Framework Paper and proposal to suspend participation of a Chairperson in the Second Committee to which he or she is designated.
During the review some MPs reportedly made politically impacting proposals, now being seen by section of opposition legislators affiliated to FDC president Patrick Amuriat, as a move to fail his appointments made in August this year.
The secondary proposals seek to split the accountability committees (COSASE and Local Government Accounts) into three each and make the chairpersons elected.
When contacted, Ms. Nankabirwa said she is not part of the looming amendment and NRM is not interested in accountability committees which are under the leadership of the opposition.
“I am not part of any plot and in any case accountability committees are for the opposition. We have no business in deciding who heads those committees,” said Nankabirwa.
The Deputy Government Chief Whip, Solomon Silwanyi who also represents Bukholi Central, separately told our reporter that NRM leadership in Parliament is not part of the move.
Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze and Dr. Kizza Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda on Tuesday separately posted on their social media accounts about what they termed as a “plot” to maintain committee chairpersons appointed during the tenure of former FDC president Gen. Mugisha Muntu.