We’re not dying to remain COSASE leaders – Katuntu

Parliament’s committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises  (COSASE) on Tuesday resumed its probe into the alleged irregular closure of seven commercial banks, with committee Chairman Abdu Katuntu saying neither him nor his deputy Anita Among is dying to remain in the committee leadership.

The Bugweri MP and his Bukedea Woman counterpart are set to be replaced by Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa and Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante respectively.

The anticipated changes have been source of a heated debate in both the social and mainstream media after the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga indicated that the committee leadership’s tenure would be extended to allow them to conclude the Bank of Uganda investigation.

In his opening remarks as the committee reconvened for the continuation of the probe, Katuntu said that him and Among can only hold the positions in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.

“As chairperson of this committee, and as deputy chairperson, we not dying to be in these positions, we can only stay in these positions in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of Parliament. No body is stuck in an office against the Rules of Procedure, once the Rules tell us to leave, we shall leave as soon as they do,” Katuntu said.

Katuntu spoke a day after the Chief Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda wrote to Kadaga to asking her to let Munyagwa lawfully takeover the committee leadership.

Abdu Katuntu with his deputy Anita Among during Tuesday’s COSASE meeting

But reading from the Rules of Procedure, specifically Rule 157 (8), Katuntu said that at the moment, no one can claim to have been designated to any position on the committee.

“No member has been designated to this committee and his or her name announced by the Speaker in Parliament for him to assume membership or leadership. I have seen a lot of debate on social media and the press claiming that somebody is the Chairperson of this committee, and Hon Kasibante the deputy. Once they have been designated, and their names announced by the Speaker in Parliament, they will assume leadership,” Katuntu said.

But Kasibante who is a member of the committee said Katuntu should have himself to blame for the debate on social given that Kadaga informed the House that the committee leadership had asked her to extend their tenure.

Kasibante said that the committee should at the moment address itself on whether it has the mandate within the Rules of Procedure to extend its tenure.