Kasibante to Serve on Appointments Committee

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According to a member of the Opposition who spoke on condition of anonymity, the opposition has accepted to let Kasibante remain on the appointments committee.

The Rubaga South MP Moses Kasibante will remain a member of the appointments committee.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the opposition have been at loggerheads over the leadership composition of the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) appointed Mubarak Munyagwa the MP Kawempe South as Chair COSASE while Moses Kasibante was appointed the Vice Chairperson.

However, Kadaga rejected the appointment of Kasibante and instead allocated him the appointments committee.

The Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan, Opposition whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda backed by several MPs were against the proposal.

Although their plan was to task the speaker of Parliament to clarify on how Kasibante ended up in two committees, the MPs have ceased demanding that Kasibante remains in Cosase.

According to a member of the Opposition who spoke on condition of anonymity, the opposition has accepted to let Kasibante remain on the appointment committee.

"We have not given up, but we have said let it be because it is what the Speaker wants and so we hope to get another vice chairperson for Cosase and Kasibante can come in when he can but does not have voting rights," the source said.

On the time frame for Abdu Katuntu to continue the Cosase work especially the Bank of Uganda probe, the source said although they had agreed that by February 15th Katuntu shall hand over the role, the Speaker decided to push the date to February 22nd. 

The source said they will now sit and wait until Katuntu hands in his report. It is not yet clear when a new Vice-chairperson of Cosase will be elected.

A member designated to a committee assumes membership or leadership of the committee immediately.

 When asked about whether his issue has been resolved, Kasibante said because nothing has been done since the Speaker pronounced herself, he might remain in the committee designated by the Speaker unless otherwise.



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