MPs Want Appointments Committee Open to Public

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In short
Parliaments rules, privileges and discipline committee has recommended to parliament to open up proceedings of the appointments committee to the public. The recommendation is carried in the committee report to parliament on the amendment of the Rules of Procedure of parliament. It is a legislative practice for each new parliament to make its own rules.

Parliament's rules, privileges and discipline committee has recommended to parliament to open up proceedings of the appointments committee to the public.
                      
The recommendation is carried in the committee report to parliament on the amendment of the Rules of Procedure of parliament. It is a legislative practice for each new parliament to make its own rules.
 
In the current rules of procedure used by the 9th parliament, Rule 153 provides that meetings of the committee shall be convened by the Speaker of Parliament and the proceedings shall be closed.
 
The Appointments committee is responsible for approving on behalf of Parliament, the appointment of persons nominated by the President under the Constitution or any other appointment required to be approved by Parliament under any law.
 
While presenting the committee report, Kenneth Clement Ongalo the Rules committee chairperson noted that his committee received and discussed proposals to open the proceedings of the appointments committee to the public.
 
"This would ensure transparency, public confidence and make such proceedings public just like proceedings of other committees of parliament," reads the report.
 
Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday evening directed legislators to go through the committee report in preparation for a debate on Thursday. Kadaga has in the past blamed MPs for voting against opening the committee which she chairs to the public.
 
Civil society organisations have in the past pushed for the open scrutiny of individuals appointed to public offices.
 
In Kenya, a Committee to which proposed appointments have been referred notifies the candidate and the public of the time and place for holding of approval hearing at least seven days prior to the hearing.
                                                                      

 

About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.