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DP Wants Rules of Procedure of Parliament Amended to Enforce Discipline

Under the multi-party dispensation, Dr. Gerald Siranda Blacks, the DP’s Secretary General argues that the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament allows parties to nominate members for designation by their respective Whips in the House but the same rules undermine powers to recall the nominees.

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The Democratic Party - DP has proposed expedited amendments to some provisions of the Administration of Parliament Act 1997, and the House’s Rules of Procedure 2012 to deal with errant political party members.

Dr. Gerald Siranda Blacks, the DP’s Secretary General argues that the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament allow parties to nominate members for designation by their respective Whips in the House but the same rules undermine powers to recall the nominees.

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While addressing a press conference at City House, on Tuesday, Dr. Siranda cited recent squabbles resulting from the National Unity Platform – NUP party’s attempt to recall Mathias Mpuuga from the Parliamentary Commission seat.

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Mpuuga, the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament – LOP is under pressure from his party to resign his position for receiving Shillings 500 million from the Parliamentary Commission as a “service award”, a move NUP officials perceived fraudulent. 

In a March 18, 2024 letter, David Lewis Rubongoya, the NUP Secretary-General recalled Mpuuga from the Commission and nominated Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament as his replacement.

On Tuesday, Mpuuga insisted that he would not resign from his Parliamentary Commission seat nor quit NUP. Mpuuga reasoned that opposition must devise better ways of resolving conflicts rather than malign change seekers for selfish gains.

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Dr. Siranda, a member of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) reasons that individuals must respect the decisions of the political parties that nominate them to such positions. He implored the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament – LOP, Joel Ssenyonyi to spearhead the reforms that will uphold the principles of multi-party democracy.

It should be remembered that in 2018, due to internal bickering the Forum for Democratic Change - FDC proposed to replace Abdul Katuntu, the then Chairperson of the House’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises - COSASE with Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa. 

At the time, Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga stayed the proposed change arguing that the Katuntu's Committee was still conducting an ongoing inquiry into the alleged irregularities by the Bank of Uganda - BoU during the closure of seven commercial banks.

A similar development occurred in August 2020 when the former Leader of the Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga under the National Unity Platform – NUP attempted to remove Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu City West Representative as Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee – PAC Local Government and replace him with Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya.

NUP had appointed Mapenduzi, an independent MP to the position on May 28, 2021, before Mapenduzi locked horns with the party hierarchies after he moved a motion to remove Francis Zaake from the Parliamentary Commission for allegedly insulting Speaker Anita Among.

Like Kadaga, Among equally blocked the re-designation of Mapenduzi on technical grounds that his Committee, PAC – Local Government was yet to conclude a critical probe into the Auditor General’s report for FY 2020/2021