Kasibante technically knocked out of COSASE leadership

In August last year, FDC president Patrick Amuriat Oboi prematurely named Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante as Vice chairperson of Parliament’s committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises  (COSASE) deputising Kawempe South’s Mubarak Munyagwa.

An opposition leaning Independent, Kasibante probably forgot that Oboi’s appointment was not all that he needed to take the coveted committee leadership position.

According to the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, Independent MPs are designated by the Speaker while the political party whips designate their respective members to the various committees.

Kasibante has therefore been designated to the Appointments Committee whose leadership is the preserve of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

Chief Opposition Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda tried in vain to have Kasibante moved to COSASE but the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga insisted that he will serve on the Appointments Committee.

Kadaga had earlier said that Independent MPs that had been designated by the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa would be deleted from the NRM list.

Ssemujju later told journalists that the opposition leadership would meet Kadaga to persuade her to allow Kasibante take up his position on COSASE.

“It is not new, Hon Anita Among was designated by me to deputise Abdu Katuntu in COSASE, I also assigned Hon PP Ojara who has been deputy chair of the Local Government Public Accounts… There several independents who have been either assigned by us; the Opposition, or the NRM. In fact Hon Jacob Oboth-Oboth who has been my chairman in the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee was designated by NRM,” Ssemujju said.