The Speaker of the East African Legislation Assembly (EALA), Dan Kidega has commended Uganda’s Parliament on defending its independence.
Kidega, while paying a courtesy call to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in her office at Parliament on January 17, 2017, said the recent resolve by the House to dismiss a court order blocking MPs from discussing the Ugx 6 billion bonus payment to 42 government officials, was well intended to defend the institution from interference in its work.
Kidega noted that it is prudent that Parliament defends itself in the democratic space of the country.
“We strongly acknowledge the doctrine of separation of powers in the constitution and EALA definitely emulates the good practices from the national Parliaments,” Kidega said.
In response, Kadaga said it was her prerogative as the head of the institution to protect MPs’ interests and work.
She lauded the efforts to withdraw a court order, issued by Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, barring Parliament from debating the Ugx 6 billion bonus payments. The petition, which was filed by Eric Sabiiti last week and caused anger among MPs, was later withdrawn.
Kadaga said Parliament will uphold the Constitution from where the institution derives its mandate. Kadaga has now recalled the House , which will resume sittings on Wednesday January 17th 2017.
Among the issues to be discussed is the “presidential handshake”.