By Our Reporter
The instructions by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Anitah Among to the Clerk to Parliament to stop MPs not attending Plenary from Committee Sittings and Travel abroad has thrown the August House into confusion.
On Monday 27th November, 2023, West Budama North East MP, Fox Odoi who was chairing the Legal, Parliamentary Affairs Committee Sitting threw out NUP’s Hon. Robert Ssekitoleko of Bamunanika County ostensibly following the Speaker’s directive.
While sending away his colleague, Odoi said he was not in position to contravene the directives of the Speaker.
“Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament guided Parliament and all its Committees that our colleagues who are currently boycotting Plenary should not participate in the meetings of Parliamentary Committees and field visits by the Committees and I know that the Hon. Member of Parliament for Bamunanika is in that category . Am therefore constrained to request him to take leave until such a time that they officially report to plenary,” Odoi said before sending MP Ssekitoleko packing.
Moreover, in another Committee room where the Appointments Committee of Parliament chaired by the Speaker herself was vetting Justice Elizabeth Musoke as Member of the Judicial Service Commission had Mathias Mpuuga in attendance. (Mpuuga is the leader of the group of MPs boycotting Plenary.)
On Tuesday, 28th November, 2023, Hon. Charles Onen, the Vice Chairperson of Parliament’s Committee on Rules and Discipline defied the Speaker’s directive to chase out Opposition MPs from attending Committee meetings, saying the administration of the Rules Committee hasn’t received a formal communication from Clerk to Parliament regarding such a ban.
Onen also described as legal excitement, actions of Fox Odoi (West Budama North East) chasing out Robert Ssekitoleko from the meeting of Legal Committee, saying he should have waited for an official communication before carrying out such drastic actions.
Whereas the Ping Pong affair continues, the Opposition MPs have in another meeting held today, 28th November, 2023 vowed not to attend Plenary until their concerns on missing 18 persons are addressed by the Executive.