Chaos in Committee Meeting as MPs Clash over KCCA Report

1807 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
Attempts to resolve an impasse over the authenticity of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) report have failed after MPs engaged in acrimonious verbal exchanges.

Attempts to resolve an impasse over the authenticity of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) report have failed after MPs engaged in acrimonious verbal exchanges.
 
The meeting this morning by MPs on the Public Service and Local Government committee of parliament was ordered by Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya, after questions about the authenticity of KCCA report were raised by Mukono woman MP Betty Nambooze.
 
The meeting that was initially scheduled for 9am kicked off two hours late, as MPs traded exchanges over whether legislators who are non-members could be allowed to participate in the ensuing heated debate.
 
Although committee chairperson, Florence Kintu, relented and allowed nonmembers like Francis Epetaiti, Moses Kasibante, John Bosco Walusimbi and Joseph Ssewungu to remain, she threatened to throw them out if their submissions breached parliamentary decorum.
 
However, Kintu later sparked a storm when she ordered Kasibante to cede his seat to committee member Florence Mutyabule.
 
This caused chaos in the committee room with questions whether some MP are more important than others.
 
However, Kintu decided to adjourn the meeting for 15 minutes after MPs Nambooze Betty and Roland Mugume insisted that they be furnished with the committee minutes upon which the report was compiled.
 
MP Mugume stated that they are members of parliament and should not be intimidated as the committee degenerated into shouting.
 
After the meeting resumed, the chairperson of the committee Kintu could not provide minutes requested saying that they are in the parliamentary library and that members go and pick them there.
 
MP Nambooze, together with Alur MP Odongo Otto, insisted that the meeting cannot proceed without minutes of previous minutes ordering Kintu to direct clerk to provide minutes.
 
Kintu refused to do so and the vice chairperson of the committee Rafeal Magyezi moved a motion that the meeting ends and he was seconded by MP Mutyabule Florence and Bakeine Mable.
 
Kintu immediately closed the meeting without any outcome and this escalated in an exchange of words among the MPs.
 
The KCCA report has spawned a heated debate since its release last week, especially its recommendation that the president be allowed to take over the executive and administrative functions at KCCA for a period not exceeding six months.
 
The caucus of the ruling NRM sat on Monday over the issue and NRM MP agreed to support the controversial recommendation.
 
The KCCA report is a result of a petition to parliament by Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, over allegation of gross mismanagement of the city by KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Semakula Musisi, through intentional misinterpretation of the KCCA Act.