MPs probe Kadaga, Namuganza feud

LINDA ESIANA

Parliament’s committee on rules, privileges and discipline has commenced investigations into Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and lands state minister Persis Namuganza feud.

The committee’s investigations follow deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s directive after Ngora MP David Abala raised a procedural matter requiring parliament’s engagement over the feud recently.

Namuganza was recently summoned to appear before the Busoga caucus to explain the statements that she threatened to kill Kadaga, and that of allegedly insulting the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV but she snubbed the meeting, leading to her expulsion as a member of that caucus.

The caucus comprising 13 out of 32 members also accused her of rebelling against Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope, instead supporting a rival Prince, Edward Columbus Wambuzi.

According to the committee, Members will among other issues look at the circumstances under which the statements by Namuganza were made and give solutions to Parliament.

Appearing before the committee today, the legal counsel to the Busoga caucus, also Bukooli North MP Gaster Mugoya among other caucus members  described Namuganza as having misconducted herself when she attacked Kadaga and the Kyabazinga.

Mugoya said Namuganza’s conduct doesn’t suit her to still hold the office of the Minister hence demanded the rules committee to cause a motion to censure her and also wants the appointments committee to start orientations to the ministers appointed on public communication and administration.

“I still reiterate my earlier submissions and prayers that you cause or recommend criminal proceedings against the person of Hon Namuganza,” Mugoya said.

“You cause a motion for censure under article 118 of our constitution and you recommend that whoever intends to serve as a member of the cabinet should be subjected not only to oral but also written examinations in so far as public administration and management is concerned,” Mugoya added.

Committee summons Namuganza, Mukula

According to the committee, Namuganza has already been written to, to appear before the committee on March 28 before Mukula appears.

“We shall also invite [NRM vice chairperson for Eastern region Mike Mukula] to explain to us why he wrote to the president and on which issues. Then we shall go to the Speaker to give us guidance on how to proceed with the issues and also ask her about the [recent] media reports,” committee vice chairperson Abas Agaba said.