Speaker Refers Contested Issues in KCCA Report to Clerk

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Oulanya directed the clerk to look through the minutes of the sittings of the committee on the public service and local government committee that are being contested and ascertain that the KCCA report that was earlier presented and circulated to MPs was certified by original signatures of members of the committee.

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya has referred the matter of questioning the KCCA report to the clerk of parliament.
 
Oulanya directed the clerk to look through the minutes of the sittings of the committee on the public service and local government committee that are being contested and ascertain that the KCCA report that was earlier presented and circulated to MPs was certified by original signatures of members of the committee.
 
Further the Speaker directed that the attendance lists of members of the public service committee be perused through by the clerk and approve them.
 
The Speaker’s ruling followed the refusal by the chairperson of the legal and parliamentary affairs committee to convene a meeting with the public service committee and iron out issues that are in contestation with the KCCA report.
 
Speaker Oulanya had earlier proposed that the Committee of Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Committee combine with that of Public Service and Local government and harmonize the contested KCCA report.
 
MP Tashobya questioned how the Speaker could refer a matter to a committee that was not involved in the findings of the contested report and argued that dragging the committee of legal affairs into this matter was unprecedented.
 
He advised the Speaker to give second chance to the mother committee of the KCCA report and resolve the contested issues in the report.
 
Tashobya added that it was upon the speaker to exercise his powers under the rules of procedure of parliament to ascertain whether the contested report is correct or wrong by referring the matter to the clerk of parliament.
 
However the Lyemiyaga MP Theodre Sekikubo said that it was not right for Tashobya to refuse the speaker’s proposal since it was for the good of the report that in which the speaker had cited legal issues.
 
The contested KCCA report was read and tabled to parliament last week by the chairperson of the committee on Public service Florence Kintu but issues of authenticity rose after there were no minutes attached to the report that had adopted the report.
 
This was followed by a petition by MP for Mukono Municipality Betty Nambooze to the speaker questioning the authenticity of the report and asked the speaker to intervene before the report is debated on.
 
Speaker Oulanya now says that the first hour in Thursday’s proceedings will be given to the dissenting issues about the contested KCCA report.