A leaders’ meeting at opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Najanankumbi has caused a vacuum in parliament as the new leader of opposition Betty Aol Ocan was missing in the house as most of the opposition members.
The vacuum was evidenced when the Prime Minister’s question time came and there was no one to raise any question to him.
In the normal practice of Parliament, the Leader of Opposition is mandated to ask the last questions to the Prime Minister but this was not the case since the new Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ocan and the outgoing Leader of Opposition Winfred Kiiza were not in house.
Aol is faced with a strong task of mobilizing and uniting the opposition members to effectively execute their duties of checking government.
It seems to be an uphill task for the new LOP since the biggest opposition members in parliament are still disappointed with her appointment.
The new leader of opposition was reportedly in a joint meeting with FDC leaders at Najanankumbi and the cabinet members.
Though the new leadership of FDC was announced before parliament on Wednesday, the ceremonial hand over by the outgoing LOP has not taken place.
While receiving Aol at Najjanankumbi, the FDC party president, Patrick Amuriat commended Aol for taking a stand to steer the opposition in Parliament.
“She came here to meet with leaders of the party and to have a discussion; I would like to most sincerely appreciate Betty Aol for having ascended to that high position of a Leader of the Minority, (we would like to address her as leader of minority because that is what we believe in),” Amuriat said.
“We wish her well in that office and we pledge our total undivided support to her as she executes her duties; I also like to appreciate the outgoing LOP Winnie Kiiza for the service she offered in that office and ask her to help her and give her ideas and what she has learnt during her tenure.”