NRM Delays Composition of Parliamentary Commission

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URN has learnt that the backbench MPs who served on the commission in the 9th Parliament, William Nokrach PWDs Northern and Reagan Okumu Aswa County who represents FDC have been asked to serve until a new commission is constituted.

Parliament has extended the term of office for backbench members of the Parliamentary Commission.

The commission is composed of the Speaker as Chairperson, the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition, Minister of Finance and four back bench Members, with one of them reserved for the opposition while another for a lady from the ruling party.

URN has learnt that the backbench MPs who served on the commission in the 9th Parliament, William Nokrach (PWDs Northern) and Reagan Okumu (Aswa County) who represents FDC have been asked to serve until a new commission is constituted.

Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal will take over from Okumu as the FDC representative on the commission while the ruling NRM party is yet to fill the three remaining slots leaving a gap following the appointment of its former representative Rosemary Sseninde as State Minister for Primary Education.

Winnie Kiiza, the newly appointed Leader of Opposition in parliament confirmed this development to URN, explaining that Okumu will sit on the Commission on behalf of the opposition until the new leadership is sworn in. 

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Peter Ogwang, NRM Caucus Vice Chairman told URN on phone that the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) will sit on Wednesday this week to approve the names of the new commissioners.

With this development, the Commission cannot convene and endorse policy matters, including recruitment of staff, promoting and exercising disciplinary control over persons holding public office in Parliament.

Its duty to review the terms and conditions of service, standing orders, training and qualifications of persons holding office in Parliament cannot be implemented.

Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga however says the commission will start work at the beginning of July 2016. 

Kadaga says MPs will undergo orientation on their legislative work, after which the committees and the commission will be constituted. 
 
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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.