MPs from the Busoga caucus reportedly started collecting signatures to impeach Oulanyah last week, a move that Oulanyah loyalists are suspicious could be coming from Kadaga’s camp. According to media reports some MPs have already signed the petition in a discreet move.
The Speaker Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Oulanyah
The rivalry between the Speaker
of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has once again come
to the fore, with a proposal reportedly aimed at impeaching Oulanyah in offing.
MPs from the Busoga caucus
reportedly started collecting signatures to impeach Oulanyah last week, a move
that Oulanyah loyalists are suspicious could be coming from Kadaga’s camp. According
to media reports some MPs have already signed the petition in a discreet move.
The fight between the two leaders
of the legislative arm of government has over the years morphed into open
fights in the leadership and management of Parliament. The rivalry, which is traced to a bitter
fight for the country’s number three position in the aftermath of the 2016
General Elections, has seen the two castigate each other, and disapprove each
other’s methods, even in the public domain.
While Oulanyah says Kadaga has
messed up Parliament, Kadaga accuses her Deputy of being arrogant and
incompetent. On several Occasions, Kadaga has overruled decisions taken by Oulanyah,
declined his requests to travel and kept him 'away' from chairing the house.
“Oulanyah sometimes goes for long
without chairing the house, and in some cases he is made to sit during
controversial topics, and when something interesting comes up, the speaker
herself, takes over,” the source said explaining why Oulanyah has not chaired parliament
since the lockdown started.
However, amidst the chaos of the
10 billion Shillings allocation to Parliament, the fight took a new twist. On
May 7, When Parliament debated a motion to express displeasure with President
Yoweri Museveni’s stance on the payments made to individual members of
Parliament, Bugabula South MP Maurice Kibalya, amended the motion to include
Jacob Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker who they say betrayed Parliament by
returning the money, against the guidance of the speaker.
Now URN has learnt that a section
of MPs has started collecting signatures, to impeach Oulanyah. To impeach a
Speaker or the Deputy, a seven days' notice, signed by not less than one-third
of all Members of Parliament is needed. In this case, those sponsoring the move
would require at least 153 signatures in support.
The motion needs to be passed by not less than
two-thirds majority of all the voting Members of Parliament. But according to
sources who work with the Deputy Speaker, Oulanyah has been preparing to take
on the matter legally.
“Ever since the motion was
amended to express displeasure for him returning money, by an MP from Kadaga’s
side, Oulanyah knew what was coming, and I am told he is going to take this
legally” the Source close to Oulanyah said.
URN confirmed from a senior
officer in the office of the Clerk to Parliament that there was a proposal to
impeach the Deputy Speaker, but this did not go beyond the Busoga caucus which
was initiating the idea last week.
However, the Private Press Secretary to the Speaker, Sam Obbo said that
there is not such war between the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
“What I can confirm is that the speaker is not
the one instigating all this. This is what you can quote me on,” Obbo
said. He told URN that he had
personally read about the petition, but had not seen it physically.
One of the top leaders in
Parliament who they cannot be quoted said that indeed there is a fight, but it
is only natural for the two people.
Professor Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a
Political science Don at Makerere University says that there are always
frictions within some individuals especially if one is the deputy.