Kadaga, FDC agree to extend Katuntu’s tenure

A meeting between Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan has agreed to extend Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu’s leadership of the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) for purposes of concluding the to investigation into closure of seven commercial banks by Bank of Uganda.

To the meeting that took place in the Speaker’s boardroom at Parliament, Aol went with the Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba and deputy Chief Opposition Whip Harold Muhindo. Kadaga was with her deputy, Jacob Oulanyah.

Like all the other 11 standing committees in Parliament, the tenure of the COSASE leadership expired on January 13, and FDC has already nominated Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa and Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante to replace Katuntu and Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among as chairperson and deputy chairperson respectively.

Aol told journalists that the two sides had come to an agreement and the meeting scheduled between COSASE and former owners of closed banks was to go ahead but she declined to divulge more details because they agreed that she should not speak about the meeting.

“We have finished our dialogue and speaker will be the one to make the pronouncements. We tried to explore a lot of options so the best option will be announced by her on the floor of Parliament in the plenary, I believe it will be tomorrow because today, she has also been busy and we have also been busy in Commission’s meeting,” Aol said.

Betty Aol Ocan, Leader of Opposition in Parliament

However, Aol remained tight lipped on details of the meeting asking journalists to wait until tomorrow afternoon when Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga would make the official announcement.

“I will implore you to wait for tomorrow. You will get that option which will take care of our interests as Opposition and will take care of the institution of Parliament. You know COSASE is our Committee, it is a Committee which is headed by the Opposition, so we don’t want to water down anything, we explored many options and came out with one and we agreed it is the Speaker who will make the pronouncement on it in plenary,” she added.

The meeting is understood to have agreed to give Katuntu up to February 15 to conclude the probe.