Parliament's Independence Must Stay Supreme - MPs

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Katuntu who has just taken oath for another term of office today says that legislators who continually succumb to the whims of their political parties at the expense of their constituents, risk losing their political grip in subsequent elections.

The independence of the 10th Parliament will be tested by the resolve of its members to separate legislative work from influence by the Executive, Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu says.

Katuntu who has just taken oath for another term of office today says that legislators who continually succumb to the whims of their political parties at the expense of their constituents, risk losing their political grip in subsequent elections.

He argues that although multiparty democracy has flourished, it has been used by the ruling party to silence critical voices, which the new parliament should fight as a way of separating powers between the various arms of government.
 
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Similarly, Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi says parliament needs to stand firm and resist any form of influence by the executive.
 
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Kyadondo East MP Apollo Kantinti pledges to fight against any attempts to support anti-citizen policies and laws.
 
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However, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister in charge of the presidency, notes that although the executive has the mandate to bring business to Parliament, the President does not determine the outcome of legislative processes.
 
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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.