FDC Vice President Eastern Region, Proscovia Salaam Musumba has warned Opposition the leadership in Parliament that they risk their positions if they continue threatening the new party president, Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Musumba made the remarks while responding to media questions during the party’s weekly press conference, on whether the new president will cause a reshuffle in the leadership in Parliament.
Majority of FDC MPs who constitute the shadow cabinet supported the former Party president, Gen. Mugisha Muntu during the recently concluded presidential elections.
These included the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Winnie Kiiza, the opposition Chief whip, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the deputy whip, Roland Mugume and most opposition commit committee leaders.
Musumba said that no one should expect any changes in the current cabinet both at party and parliament level adding however that some circumstances might dictate.
“The new party president will have to work with the rest of us who were elected by the delegates conference as he also was; he has very little latitude to deconstruct the last cabinet and construct a new one,” Musumba explained.
Musumba said that as the Chief Executive of the party, Amuriat has to work with the people he has found ruling the party including the Deputy presidents, Secretary General, the Chairman and all other electoral officials who form cabinet.
“The only option available to him is to find new deputies which is more so like the situation I found in Kamuli and I had to work with the Councilors I found,” Musumba noted.
On reshuffling the opposition cabinet in Parliament, Musumba noted that no one should expect any changes now since the parliament rules of procedure provides that the leadership must serve for two and half years if any changes are to be made.
“Unless there is any cause created by the leadership in Parliament, for instance if they choose to resign, the party leadership will have no choice but to replace them,” Musumba noted.
“In the past, we have recorded threats daring the new leader. That is not called for; that is not part of the battle front we are at, we are aiming at providing alternative leadership.”
She then added, “If they continue to dare him, he will deal with it.”
For the leadership of committees, Musumba noted that the party is engaged in discussions with legislators discussing the integrity offered at committee level and specifically discussing the committee on COSASE.