Don’t compare me to Katuntu – Munyangwa

As he assumed office as the Chairperson of Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa made an appeal to the public – not to be judged based on the performance and character of his predecessor, Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu.

Katuntu handed over to Munyagwa on Monday afternoon following last week’s tabling of the report from the committee’s investigation of Bank of Uganda’s closure of seven commercial banks.

Munyagwa described Katuntu as a great personality and a brilliant lawyer he was replacing. He appealed to the public not to compare his working methods with Katuntu because they are totally different people.

“The public and the media should desist from comparing Hon. Abdu Katuntu and I, because we are two different individuals with totally different capacities,” Munyagwa said.

FDC president Patrick Amuriat Oboi nominated Munyagwa to succeed Katuntu in August last year but the Kawempe lawmaker could not assume office until after the expiry of the mandatory two and a half years.

Even when Katuntu’s time expired on January 13, Munyagwa was made to wait a little longer as Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga extended Katuntu’s tenure for him to conclude the Bank of Uganda investigation.

COSASE is one of the four accountability committees in Parliament led by the opposition.

In his handover report, Katuntu told Munyagwa that despite COSASE being one of the most interesting committees in Parliament; it has a challenge of backlog, with many audit reports yet to be handled.

During Katuntu’s time, COSASE handled reports on only 14 institutions out of 112 entities under the committee’s watch. The 14, Katuntu said, were selected because of the huge budget allocations they receive.

He advised Munyagwa to analyze budgets allocated to all the institutions under COSASE so that it guides his leadership.

 

He also said that it was important to look at the budgets allocated to the institutions hand in hand with the Auditor General’s report which usually highlights statutory authorities and state enterprises with adverse comments on a lot of money that cannot be explained.

 

Having no minority reports written challenging his reports in the biggest success that Katuntu is proud of and urged Munyagwa to always work hand in hand with members on the committee towards agreement.

Munyagwa hopes to meet soon with the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ocan and Kadaga to resolve the issue of his deputy since Muses Kasibante (Rubaga North) who had been nominated to deputise Munyagwa, was assigned to a different committee.