By Alice Lubwama
The opposition side in parliament has finally agreed that Bugweri county MP Abdu Katuntu continue chairing the parliamentary committee of commissions statutory authorities and state enterprises till 15th of February when the committee will be done with the investigations into the closure of the seven commercial banks by the central bank.
The decision was made following a closed meeting between speaker kadaga and the leader of opposition in parliament Betty Aol Ochan over the matter.
Ever since kadaga announced that Katuntu would continue chairing the committee until the central bank probe is concluded, there has been a lot of bickering between the members of opposition them selves and exchanges between Kadaga and Aol.
The main opposition party in parliament FDC had made changes in the leadership of this committee, dropping katuntu as chairperson replacing him with Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyagwa.
In December last year, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga told parliament that she had requested the Leader of opposition in parliament to allow for the extension of Katuntu leadership for him to conclude the investigations because it had reached a critical stage where the changes would jeopardize them but the request was turned down by the leader of opposition.
Shortly after the meeting the Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan said that the decision was made in order not to water down the investigations that have been made by the opposition
By Sania Babirye
The Court of Appeal has this morning dismissed with costs an election appeal by NRMs Daniel Ibaale that was challenging the victory of FDC’s Abdul Katuntu as the Bugweri county member of parliament.
Three justices including the now out-going Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma , Remmy Kasule and Richard Buteera have unanimously upheld the Jinja high court decision and confirmed that Hon. Katuntu is the validly elected Member.
In a ruling read by the deputy registrar Taddeo Asiimwe,the 3 justices ruled that Ibaale was seen leaving Ensulo lodge to go for nomination and this being a statement of fact, they is no way it could have defamed the candidature of Ibaale.
The justices also ruled that they could not order a recount because Ibaale did not prove enough evidence to warrant a recount.
The Court dismissed all the twelve grounds that Ibaale had appealed for, for lack of merit and ordered him to pay Katuntu costs of the petition for both in Jinja High court and court of Appeal.
In August 2016, Justice Margaret Mutonyi dismissed Ibaale’s petition on grounds that it lacked merit after he failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove his allegations including defamation.
However being dissatisfied with the ruling, he appealed in the court of appeal.
He accused the judge of not allowing him a chance to file responses to Katuntu’s evidence, were he accused Katuntu of uttering defamatory statements against him during campaigns.
Ibaale had also alleged that Katuntu made defamatory statements to the effect that he was not fit for election as MP because he did not have a home in Bugweri county Consistency and emerged out of a lodge to go for nomination.
Ibaale had claimed that the said words belittled him before the voters to the benefit of Katuntu who was over overwhelmingly voted with a winning margin of over 30,000 votes.
By Alice Lubwama
The parliamentary committee investigating the presidential hand shake is disappointed with NGO s and Uganda Law Society for failing to turn up before the committee to have an input on the issue.
The chairperson of the committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises Hon. Abdul Katuntu says they had given all stakeholders an opportunity to bring their views before the committee instead of discussing the matter on the social media.
Katuntu say that it is absurd for the people who always pretend to be so much interested in public affairs, to turn down an opportunity where they will go on record.
By Patricia Osman
Bugweri county Member of Parliament, Abdu Katuntu says he should not be condemned for airing out his views on Dr. Kizza Besigye’s Defiance campaign.
Last week the legislator came under fire after he said that the Defiance campaign will not yield any fruit adding that the opposition can only influence decisions of government by talking to them.
He was described as an opportunist. Katuntu however says he is not moved by such sentiments adding that all party members should be frank and allowed to speak what they feel.