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    NRM Drops MPs Who Voted Against The Lifting Of The Presidential Age Limit



    Nsereko (L) and Mbwatekamwa (R) were very vocal against lifting the age limit. Government Chief Whip Nankabirwa (M) communicated the changes


    The ruling National Resistance Movement Party (NRM) has dropped most of its MPs who voted against the lifting of the presidential age limit. The Party Chief Whips made shake ups in the constitution of Committees that saw a number of Committee bosses dropped.

    Ruth Nankabirwa, the Government Chief Whip took the lead on the NRM side designating Janet Okiro-moe and Lawrence Akuzibwa as the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Agriculture Committees respectively.

    Henry Musasizi retained his slot as Chairperson of the Finance Committee, although his deputy Loy Katali (Jinja Woman MP) was dropped from the Committee.

    Defence and Internal Affairs Committee that oversees Ministry of Defence and Internal Affairs chairperson Judith Nabakooba and her deputy Mbogo Kezekia were dropped and replaced by Doreen Amule and Moses Nagwomu.

    On the Committee of East African Community Affairs, George Ouma and Agnes Amede have been named as the top MPs on the Committee, while Committee of Education registered some changes with Connie Nakayenze Galiwango being dropped as head and replaced by her deputy Jacob Opolot as the new Chairperson.

    There were also changes on the Foreign Affairs Committee where NRM brought fresh blood Hood Katuramu and Violet Akurut, pushing out Rose Mutonyi who was dropped as Chairperson.

    The designation on the Gender and Labour Committee raised eyebrows when Nankabirwa named Beatrice Anywar who is an Independent MP to deputise Alex Ndeezi who has retained his seat as Chairperson on the gender Committee.

    NRM also designated Gaffa Mbwatekamwa as a member on the Gender Committee, a decision the Legislator protested arguing that he only applied on the Committee of health. “I don’t know if it is a punishment. Where the member has never applied and the member will never perform?” he asked.

    But he was cut short by Denis Obua who schooled him on the Rules of Procedure (Rule 183) arguing that all committees are equal and there is no way Mbwatekwmwa can argue that being designated to Gender is a punishment.

    Indeed, Kadaga ruled Mbwatekamwa out of order. But in response, Medard Sseggona who was acting as Opposition Chief Whip told Mbwatekamwa that the only solution he has is to cross from the ruling party to opposition.

    Bukenya Michael retained his seat as Chairperson of Health Committee and is set to be deputized by Esperanza Baguma who replaces Hellen Kahunde (Kirayandongo Woman).

    Hood Katuramu is set to taste the privileges of being Committee Chairperson after being named head Foreign Affairs and is set to be deputized by Vincent Akurut with the two set to preside over Connie Nakayenze who was dumped as Chairperson Education Committee.

    The ICT committee has seen Annet Nyaketcho retain her position as Chairperson and is to be deputized by Paul Amoru.

    On the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Jacob Oboth bounced back as Chairperson, but that wasn’t the same case with his deputy Robinah Rwakoojo who was replaced by Sam Bitangara yet Monicah Amoding who has been passionate about legal matters was kicked off the Committee and discarded to the Trade and Tourism Committee. Meanwhile, Paul Mwiru joins his opposition counterparts like; Abdu Katuntu, Ssemujju Nganda, Medard Sseggona and Mathias Mpugga.

    The Natural Resources committee that oversees the activities of the Energy sector has had Kiwanuka Keefa elevated as Chairperson having served as Vice Chairperson, with Alex Byaruhanga dropped as Committee Chairperson.

    Following allegations of mishandling the investigations into the mandatory vehicle inspections, Lillian Nakate was dropped as Chairperson Physical Infrastructure Committee and replaced by Kafeero Ssekitoleko, with Kumama Nsamba retaining his slot as Vice Chairperson.

    Presidential Affairs Committee also saw some changes although Jessica Ababiku retained her seat, Susan Amero who was earlier snubbed as Chairperson when Fred Mwesigye was dropped, she was further punished by having her slot taken over by new comer Esther Anyakuni.

    The designation of members on the Public Service and Local Government saw Godfrey Onzima retain his place as Chairperson of the Committee and is going to be designated by Elizabeth Kalungi

    Fred Bwino and David Mutebi were designated as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Science and Technology Committee.

    The controversy surrounding the handling of the Sugar Bill 2016 must have cost former heads of Trade and Tourism their places with Robert Kasule and Lawrence Mwangusya named to take over the from Alex Ruhunda.

    There were also changes on the Equal Opportunities where Hellen Asamo and Robinah Rwakoojo were designated to take over the leadership and had Muhammad Nsereko dropped as Chairperson.



    Commonwealth Lawyers Caution M7 On Dismissal Of Justice Kisakye



    Lawyers under the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) have protested the removal of Justice Esther Kisakye from office.

    In a written statement by the association, the Commonwealth Lawyers have called upon president Museveni to carefully consider the implications of Justice Kisakye’s dismissal.

    The lawyers say that judges should only be subjected to suspension only when they are incapable or if they misbehave.

    “Judges should be subject to suspension or removal only for reasons of incapacity or misbehaviour that clearly renders them unfit to discharge their duties,” part of the statement reads.

    The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last month recommended the removal of Justice Esther Kisakye from office and have her probed over her misconduct and attack on chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.

    Justice Kisakye’s troubles began following the 2021 election petition by National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi in which she gave a dissenting opinion from other judges.

    Justice Kisakye in her ruling said Kyagulanyi had not been given enough time to present his case.





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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal: Speaker Among Returns 500 Iron Sheets



    Speaker of parliament Anita Among has revealed that she has bought 500 iron sheets to compesate those meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja that were misallocated  by the minister of Karamoja affairs Hon. Goretti Kitutu.

    Among told parliament on March 15th that she bought the iron sheets because she does not want to be accused of grabbing iron sheets that were meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja.

    Speaker Anita Among is among the government officials who were cited in the Karamoja iron sheet scandal. Among is reported to have received 500 pieces of iron sheets. However, Among claimed she did not request for the iron sheets but admitted that she saw them in her district Bukedea.

    Other government officials that received the iron sheets include vice president Jessica Alupo, minister Rose Akello, Agnes Nandutu, prime minister Robinah Nabbanja, minister Amos Lugolobi, finance minister Matia Kasaija, Minister Maria Goretti Kitutu, government chief whip Denis Obua among others.

    The Karamoja iron sheet scandal sparked off when family members of minister Goretti Kitutu were found in possession of iron sheets meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja region. Minister Kitutu told the committee on presidential affairs, during the probe, that she was not guided thus misallocating relief items meant for Karamoja.



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    Opposition MPs To Boycott M7 Address



    Members of Parliament from the opposition have announced a boycott of president Museveni’s address slated for Thursday this week.

    Members of the opposition say they will not attend Museveni’s address because his government has failed to address their concerns.

    The legislators say the regime has continued to arrest political opponents, failed to fight corruption, violated rights of members of Parliament and incarcerated innocent citizens without trial.

    President Museveni is expected to address Parliament and the nation at large tomorrow March 16th, 2023 at Kololo ceremonial grounds.

    There is high anticipation of what president Museveni’s address will look like with some legislators hoping that he will address the issue of his ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.

    Forum for Democratic Change’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Tuesday during plenary protested the change of venue of Thursday’s plenary from Parliament to Kololo.

    Ssemujju said there is no need for legislators to move to Kololo yet Parliament purchased a big tent to host sessions with high attendance.


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