Uganda Radio Network- URN has learnt from sources that those selected to sit on the Parliamentary Commission as Commissioners are Bukhooli Central MP Solomon Silwany, Rubanda Woman MP Prossy Akampurira and Zombo Woman MP Esther Afayochan.
Parliament of Uganda
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party
Central Executive Committee has named a section of Members of Parliament to sit
on the Parliamentary Commission and others to chair Standing and Sectoral
Committees of the 11th Parliament.
The development is confirmed by the party Secretary
General, Richard Todwong who in a statement issued today says that this was one
of the issues resolved by the top organ of NRM party during a Wednesday 7th
July 2021 meeting at State House, Entebbe.
The meeting according to the statement was chaired
by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the NRM party National Chairperson.
Uganda Radio Network- URN has learnt from sources
that those selected to sit on the Parliamentary Commission as Commissioners are
Bukhooli Central MP Solomon Silwany, Rubanda Woman MP Prossy Akampurira and
Zombo Woman MP Esther Afayochan.
These now join Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake
who was chosen by the Opposition biggest party in Parliament- the National Unity
Platform (NUP) to sit on the Parliamentary Commission, which is the top most
decision making organ of the House.
The other members of the Commission principally include the Speaker
Jacob Oulanyah (Chairperson), Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Prime Minister
Robinag Nabbanja, Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, Government Chief Whip
Thomas Tayebwa, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.
Besides the Parliamentary Commission, the NRM CEC
also named Workers MP Arinaitwe Rwakajara as Chairperson of the Parliamentary
Pension Scheme while Rukiga County MP Caroline Kamusiime is set to replace Mawogola
West MP Anifa Kawooya as a representative at the Pan African Parliament –PAP.
Kawooya was recently appointed and sworn in as
Minister of State for Health – General Duties.
Our reporter also learnt that CEC approved Kachumbala
County MP Patrick Isiagi Opolot as the Chairperson of Parliament’s Budget
Committee. He replaces Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi who was recently
appointed as Minister of State for Planning. Isiagi in the Tenth Parliament
severed as Vice Chairperson of the Committee.
The others are Gomba West MP Robinah Rwakojjo chosen
to Chair the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Sheema Woman MP
Rosemary Nyakikongoro as Chairperson of the Defence and Internal Affairs
Committee, Kigorobya County MP David Karubanga as Chairperson of the Physical Infrastructure
Committee and Bukedea County MP John Bosco Ikojjo to chair the National Economy
Mbarara City South Division MP, Mwine Mpaka has been
chosen to chair the Committee on Trade, Ntwetwe Counry MP Joel Ssebikali to
chair the Health Committee, Adjumani Woman MP Jessica Ababiku to chair the
Presidential Affairs Committee, Bunyaruguru County MP John Ntamuhiira Twesigye
as chairperson of the committee of Education and Sports and others.
The selection of these names follows a process in
which the over 300 MPs from the ruling NRM party expressed interest in
different positions at Parliament during an event at Kololo Independence
Grounds last month.
Parliament has 13 Standing Committees and 16 Sectoral
Committees. The 13 Standing Committees include four accountability committees
which are Chaired by Opposition MPs and their leaders were already named by the
National Unity Platform.
These are the Public Accounts Committee (Central
Government) chaired by Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona, Public Accounts
Committee (Local Government) chaired by Aringa County MP Godfrey Onzima, Committee
on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises ( COSASE) chaired
by Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi and Government Assurance Committee chaired by
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze.
According to the Parliament website, Standing
committees last two and half years and they are set up at the start of a new
term of Parliament and again after two and half years. They compromise 30
members selected by different political party whips.
On the other hand, Sectoral Committees are
departmentally related committees and their composition is determined at the start
of each new session. These last one session and also compromise 30 members
designated by party whips and approved by the House.