Oulanyah Sends Minister Namuganza to Disciplinary Committee

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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed the committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline to investigate the source of bickering between the State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed the committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline to investigate the source of bickering between the State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
 
Oulanyah's directive this afternoon followed a procedural issue raised by Ngora County MP David Abala indicating utterances by Minister Namuganza against Speaker Kadaga were critical for Parliament to handle.
 
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Namuganza, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Bukono County, has been in the limelight for bad-mouthing the Kyabazinga of Busoga William Gabula Nadiope IV and the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
 
Namuganza has on several occasions allegedly thrown insults at Kadaga referring to her as unqualified and unfit to hold the office of a Member of Parliament. According to Namuganza, Kadaga, the woman MP for Kamuli and Speaker of Parliament, has outlived her usefulness.
 
She is also reported to have urged her constituents to pelt stones at the Kyabazinga of Busoga and Speaker Kadaga if they ever set foot in Bukono County. The latest attack was during her address to residents of Ivukula Sub-county in Namutumba District this month.
 
The bad blood between Namuganza and Kadaga is reported to have started when the Speaker together with Busiki County MP Paul Akamba allegedly visited the Bukono Constituency in Namutumba District, where they lashed out at the area MP, Namuganza.
 
Deputy Speaker Oulanyah acknowledged the bitter utterances made by Minister Namuganza against the leader of the institution of Parliament which statements he said parliament lacks details and their source.
 
"Usually when such matters arise, they require that the House be briefed and the Committee on Rules should determine where these utterances are coming from. The issues raised affect the Speaker of this House, affect her as a Member of this Parliament and privileges that are guaranteed by our Rules." said Oulanyah.
 
He referred the matter to the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline to establish circumstances under which the statements were made, factors leading to them and solutions.
 
He reiterated his earlier warning to Members of Parliament that some statements they make are not necessary since they impact on the integrity of Parliament negatively.
 
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This latest move by Oulanyah follows last week's resolution by the Busoga Parliamentary Caucus to institute criminal proceedings against Minister Namuganza. The caucus faulted her for belittling their King and threatening to harm him together with Speaker Kadaga.
 
The MPs also expelled her from the caucus, a loose coalition that brings together legislators from Busoga region.
 
President Yoweri Museveni is reported to have since intervened in the fight between Namuganza and Kadaga following a letter by the National Resistence Movement (NRM) party National Vice Chairman for Eastern Uganda, Captain Mike Mukula.
 
Born on October 5, 1984, Namuganza is a first-term legislator who came to Parliament in May 2016. She trained as an accountant at Makerere Business Institute where she obtained a Diploma in 2009 before she enrolled for a degree in social work at Kyambogo University. She later did a Master's degree in International Relations at Cavendish University.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.