Parliament Resumes Committee, Plenary Sittings
Parliament is set to resume its committee and plenary sittings. This comes days after the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga adjourned House sittings indefinitely.
The adjournment stemmed from a directive from Kadaga, following a petition filed in the Constitutional court by Eric Sabiiti, seeking an injunction to stop Parliament from investigating and debating the Ugx 6 billion bonus payments to 42 government officials after they helped government win an oil tax case in London.
A number of MPs had drafted a motion seeking for a probe into the payments, which they deemed as illegal and irregular.
During the House sitting on January 10, a charged House thwarted efforts by Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, to ask the House not to discuss the matter after Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma issued an interim order blocking the debate.
Rukutana was directed by Kadaga to vacate what she termed as the “stupid court order” or Parliament would not transact business, including handling the budget for the 2017/2018 financial year. On January 12, following consultations with the Attorney General’s office, Sabiiti withdrew the petition.
In a notice issued on January 16, 2017, the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige said all committee and plenary sittings will resume this week.
“Parliament will resume its plenary sittings on Wednesday January 18, 2017 and all committee activities will resume on Tuesday 17th January,” Kibirige said in her communication.
Before the House adjourned, the Ministry of Finance tabled the Budget Framework Paper 2017/2018. A number of committee reports including the Local Government Accounts committee, are on the order paper to be debated by the House.