On Sunday, Buganda NRM MPs sitting at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi elected a parallel seven-member caucus executive committee to the original Buganda Parliamentary Caucus chaired by Mukono South MP Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga and deputized by Mpigi Woman MP Sarah Nakawunde.
The draft proposes the introduction of the position of Chief Whip and a Secretary for Cultural Affairs within the administration of the caucus bringing to seven, the number of caucus executive committee members.
Although some legislators argue that the groups are problematic to national unity, others believe that it is an important platform for legislators to recognize their origin and lobby for issues that are unique to their regions.
Buganda parliamentary caucus is the second largest lobby group in parliament after the NRM parliamentary caucus. It brings together members of parliament from Buganda region, loyal to the King of Buganda.
The eight member task force is chaired by Mubende Woman MP Benny Namugwanya. Other task force members include Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko, Wakiso Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde, Buikwe Woman MP elect Judith Babirye, National Female representative for PWDs Safia Nalule, MP elect for Entebbe Municipality Rose Tumusiime and others.
URN has learnt that some of the members of the Buganda parliamentary caucus are not happy with the move by their chairperson, Godfrey Kiwanda, the Mityana North MP to openly declare support for the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya
The chairman of the Buganda parliamentary caucus Godfrey Kiwanda has reacted to Sembabule MP Hanifa Kawoyaâ€™s withdrawal from the caucus saying she over-reacted. Kawooya decided to withdraw her membership from the caucus when she lost as a representative to the Pan African parliament saying that Buganda MPs had betrayed her.