Kadaga Endorses Bid to Open Appointments Committee to Public

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Kadaga, who chairs the Parliamentary Appointments Committee, notes that with these accusations, it is inevitable that the public is aware of the reasons why some of the appointees are rejected and clears the air of no personal vendetta against them.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says the 10th Parliament could consider a proposal to have the Appointments Committee open to the public.

The committee is mandated to vet and approve, on behalf of Parliament, persons nominated for appointment by the President or any other appointment required to be approved by Parliament under the law.

Kadaga, in an exclusive interview with Uganda Radio Network, says allowing the public to take part in the process, as done in Kenya, avoids wide speculation and misrepresentation of the committee's work during the vetting process.
 
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He comments follow concerns arguments by Butembe County MP Nelson Lufafa that closing the public out of the vetting process infringes on the right to information and curtails the people's right to know how public servants are appointed or rejected.

The committee has in the past come under question from rejected ministerial appointees accusing its members of Bias. In 2011, the then Kibuku County MP, Lt Saleh Kamba threatened to sue the committee for blocking his appointment as Bunyoro Affairs Minister.

Kadaga, who chairs the Parliamentary Appointments Committee, notes that with these accusations, it is inevitable that the public is aware of the reasons why some of the appointees are rejected and clears the air of no personal vendetta against them.
 
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The Appointments Committee concluded yesterday, its three-day vetting exercise of ministers recently appointed by President Museveni.

Seventy four ministers were cleared while three, including Adrian Tibaleka (State Minister of Public Service), Ishmael Orot (State Minister of Works) and Harriet Ntabaazi (State Minister of Industry) were rejected on grounds of lack of adequate academic credentials and inconsistencies in their documents.

General Moses Ali, 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Henry Okello Oryem, State Minister for International Affairs were not vetted. Ali is reportedly sick while Oryem is out of the country.
State Minister for Fisheries-designate, Joy Ruth Achieng's appointment was withdrawn by President Museveni.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.