Leaders of the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) have said they will only hand over instruments of power when the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga orders them to.
Cosase vice chairperson, Anita Among on Thursday said they will only listen to Speaker’s directives but not from Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan’s orders, which she termed as noise.
“I don’t mind about any noise. We have only one leader in Parliament, that is the Speaker and we go by the Speaker’s ruling. The Leader of Opposition has no power to decide our fate to continue with the assignment we are doing,” said Among.
The Bukedea Woman Member of Parliament also emphasized that nothing will distract them from completing the investigation into the scandalous closure of seven commercial banks by Bank of Uganda. Ms Among termed orders of Aol as a sign of disrespect to Speaker’s ruling upon extending their term.
“I don’t react on noise because Parliament is not managed in the streets. The ruling of the Speaker was to give us time and finish our assignment but if the speaker also says we leave before writing report and presenting the report to Parliament, we have no problem,” added Among.
Among’s reactions come after Cosase chairperson Abdul Katuntu just fired back at the incoming committee chairperson Kawempe MP Mubarak Munyagwa for dragging him into party politics while conducting a national duty in the committee.
“I will not be inclined to be dragged into current Forum for Democratic Change disorganisation and drama right now just because I am in Parliament on FDC ticket. However, you should remember that I swore to serve this nation under any capacity but not serve the selfish motives of a few party members, so don’t drug me into your mess FDC,” said Katuntu.
The current Cosase leaders, Katuntu and his deputy Among are supposed to hand over office to Munyagwa and Rubaga North’s Moses Kasibante on January 13. However due to the ongoing probe into BOU, Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga extended their term to February 20 to give them time to complete their assignment.
However, Aol opposed the Speaker’s decision saying, “We shall not let Kadaga decide for opposition, for us we believe everyone is able, Kadaga want to bring politics of not leaving seat in opposition.”
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