Katuntu will conclude BOU probe, Kadaga rules.
In an apparent move to reassert her control over Parliament, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has insisted that Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu will steer the committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) until it concludes its investigation on Bank of Uganda.
Katuntu’s tenure as the committee chairman expires on January 13, and the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has already appointed Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa to take over.
Before Parliament broke off for the Christmas recess, Kadaga asked the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan to give Katuntu up to February 20 to conclude the probe into the alleged irregular closure of seven commercial banks between 1993 and 2016.
FDC outrightly turned down her request and transferred Katuntu to the committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline.
But at a press conference on Thursday, Kadaga reminded the opposition leadership in Parliament that she is the one in-charge of Parliament, and her position on the matter still stands, Katuntu will have to conclude the probe.
“I am the speaker of the House, I am the head of this institution and my proposal is good for the institution,” Kadaga said.
“COSASE is winding up on the BoU investigation, we expect them to write a report and hand it over to the House before they move,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga said that the COSASE probe was at a critical stage and handing over the process to another person will most certainly jeopardise the committee work, insisting that there is nothing wrong with giving the committee up to the end of February to conclude its assignment.
“We are not rejecting changes in the leadership of COSASE, we want the current leadership to complete BOU Investigations and make a report to Parliament,” Kadaga said, adding that the tenure of other committees’ will expire on January 13.