A caucus meeting called by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)to elect its candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has forced Parliament to postpone its plenary sitting.
Parliament was expected to sit on February 7, 2017, to debate, among other issues, a report by Parliament’s Physical Infrastructure committee on the standard gauge railway project.
Also lined up is debate on a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the Auditor General’s report 2014/2015 on the health sector.
The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, sent a notice to Members of Parliament, informing them that the House would not sit.
“Notice is hereby given that the plenary sitting, which had been scheduled for today Tuesday 7th February, 2017 has been postponed to Wednesday 8th February, 2017 at 2 pm in the parliamentary chambers. Please take note and act accordingly,” Kibirige stated in her brief statement.
The NRM party currently occupying over 260 seats, with majority of Independent MPs deemed NRM-leaning. The Opposition, a combination of Forum for Democratic Change 36), Uganda People’s Congress (6) and Democratic Party (14), holds 56 parliamentary seats.
The NRM MPs left for State House, Entebbe on Tuesday morning where the voting exercise for six out of the 38 candidates vying for the slots in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), was scheduled to take place.
The six names, together with those of candidates from the opposition FDC, DP, UPC and Independents, will be presented to Parliament on February 27, 2017 for approval. There are nine slots for Uganda in the EALA Assembly.