According to Oulanyah, Members of Parliament are no longer respected amongst Ugandans because a lot has gone wrong, and the public believes that many legislators are self-seekers who only go to parliament to enrich themselves.
Clement Obote Ongalo, the chairperson of the Rules, Privileges and Discipline commitee of Parliament had fronted the proposal on grounds that the current Rules of Procedure do not provide for a Speaker or Deputy to voluntarily resign. However, the rules provide for the impeachment of the two leaders.
“This morning, we woke up to the shocking news of the untimely demise of His Excellency John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania that occurred yesterday evening at a hospital in Dar es Salaam,” said Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. She passed on a condolence message on her own behalf and parliament.
Kadaga said that in light of the ongoing trade wars between Uganda and other East African Countries, it is crucial that focus shifts to value addition in sugarcane, maize and other produce. She said that sugarcane can for instance be turned into syrups and paper, to save Ugandans who are struggling with markets for their agricultural produce.
Jimmy Akena, who is also the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) President says that Oulanyah would best steer the Parliament with his principles and knowledge about the law. Akena said that he will support Oulanyah, although he highly respects Kadaga.
Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu raised a procedural matter regarding the failure by the Minister to present the list of missing persons as directed by House. He told parliament that he was ready to table a list of abducted Ugandans should the minister fail to do so.
According to Bunyole West Member of Parliament James Waluswaka Oulanyah is very strict on time and challenges the MPs so much, while Kadaga is accommodative, even for those who are less informed, comical, spontaneous and somewhat ill-prepared for debates.
Patricia Sempa, the UHTTI board chairperson observes that hospitality training is one of the youngest disciplines of training in the country compared to Medicine, teacher education and Law. She noted that apart from being young, hospitality training is expensive and highly specialized.
NRM legislators who are the majority in the house are expected to converge in Kyankwazi later today for their caucus retreat. 306 of the 459 members of the tenth parliament subscribe to the ruling NRM party.