4 December 2012

Uganda: MPs Blame Kadaga for Debate Chaos

Some Members of parliament (MPs) have criticized the speaker Rebecca Kadaga for failing to control the house after members turned rowdy on the 27th of November. They also fault her over suspending parliamentary sessions.

The MPs said that there was no reason for the suspension to give room for investigations by the rules, privileges and discipline committee to identify the undisciplined MPs.

Rubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi together with Aruu county MP Odonga Otto told the committee that what happened was inevitable given that the speaker did not follow the rules of procedure and did not make any efforts to calm the discontented voices.

They say that such incidences have happened in previous parliaments and that they are bound to happen where there is discontent. The duo opposition MPs said the speaker should not have burdened the committee over an obvious issue.

They said the best thing the speaker should have done was to mention and caution the individuals that she could have seen participate in the chaos without necessarily taking the matter that far.

Kadaga suspended parliament last week on Tuesday after chaos ensued over clause nine of the oil bill and asked the committee on rules to find out the individuals who could have sparked off the chaos.

She has however since come under criticism for over reacting about something common place in parliament. Some MPs say her decision was influenced by the executive.

The committee is expected to release a report on the debate issue this week.

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