By Edwin Muhumuza
Former Leader of opposition in Parliament and MP Agago North Ogenga Latigo says the committee on rules, privileges and discipline cannot investigate the actions of legislators because it illegal.
The move by the speaker to direct the committee to investigate the conduct of legislators opposed to lifting the presidential age limit from the constitution has been faulted by former leader of opposition Ogenga Latigo. He says conditions under which it was instituted are wrong since the speaker abandoned the house.
This following the nasty scenes that rocked the house last week in which Special Forces raided parliament to evict members of parliament on the directive of the speaker who had instructed the Sergeant At Arms to take action.
However in their first sitting,the parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline is divided on how to investigate the conduct of legislators who sang the national anthem in protest of plans to lift the presidential age limit from the constitution after the speaker had suspended 25 of them.
Members submissions were laced with political undertones of witch hunt based on party lines. The chairman, Hon Kenneth Obote Oboth cationed members to put political differences aside to investigate an incident that has cast the speaker Rt.Hon.Rebecca Kadaga in wrong light and even parliament.
He reiterated that it was not time to go deep into the technicalities of the matter at this stage noting that they would go ahead to come up with a list of legislators to face disciplinary action based on CCTV footage of that day with focus on how members behaved .
By Moses Kidandi
The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has urged the 10th parliament and government to ban the circulation of all reproduction sexual materials in schools.
The IRCU Council of President Co- Chair His Grace the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga says sex education materials are spread in school libraries and taught to pupils with an objective of spreading homosexuality. He was speaking during the councils’ prayer breakfast meeting with the 10th parliament.
Archbishop Lwanga asked parliament and government to empower religious institutions in the fight against prostitution and passing anti abortion bill. In her remarks, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga encouraged religious leaders to continue with the fight against reproductive sex education saying they have already confiscated most of the books in schools.
By Alice Lubwama
The newly elected speaker of the 10th parliament Rebecca Kadaga has pledged to be objective and serve all the mps.
Delivering her acceptance speech as the new speaker of 10th parliament, Kadaga reminded members of parliament that the public expect from parliament better services, and accountability which she said should be their main focus.
She made the remarks after taking oath of speaker which was administered by President Museveni. The speaker also appealed to the president to support her in securing funds for the construction of the new chambers at the northern parking yard, saying the current chambers cannot accommodate the growing numbers of mps.
Kadaga went through unopposed. She was nominated by Ralpheal Magyezi and seconded by Dokolo woman mp Cecilia Ogwal
Photo: Sarah Kagingo