But as they walk out, a number of them say that their term of office was a roller-coaster, punctuated with attacks, safety challenges and a virus that almost put the assembly to a halt. However, they say, having a firm and committed speaker of Parliament saved the day and helped them to ensure that the business of parliament continues, amidst the storm.
Ofwono Opondo, the Director of Uganda Media Centre says that the Ministers’ tenure expires tomorrow with the swearing-in of the President. He says no Minister can represent the government in public functions.
According to Kadaga, the 10th parliament is remaining with limited time and they still have a lot of work to complete. She asked the legislators to get ready for the double sittings daily so that they execute their cardinal duties as outlined in the constitution.
The five include the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) David Muhoozi, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, the Commissioner General of Prisons (CGP) Johnson Byabashaija and the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda in his capacity as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa noted that the process of electing the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament as well as the appointment of parliamentary commissioners and committee chairpersons should be left in the control of MPs.
The whips are expected to ensure that their members attend plenary and committee sittings, inform MPs of forthcoming parliamentary business and enforce compliance to the values and policies of their respective parties.
The action contained in a brief statement issued by EC chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu today, comes hours after Masaka Chief Magistrate; Samuel Munobe ordered for the degazettement of Sekikubo, on the basis of an application filed by his main challenger in the race Patrick Nkalubo.
Mohammed Nsereko, the Kampala Central MP, told journalists at Parliament today that he is ready to tussle it out with NRM candidates for the position of Deputy Speaker. Nsereko says even though the party has numerical strength in Parliament, it will not stop him from lobbying for support within NRM and other political parties.