Members of parliament have today during an early morning parliamentary session put the government chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba to task to allocate the Rwampara Member of Parliament Kyamadidi Vincent a sectoral committee on which he should offer his service.
Kyamadidi was classified among the NRM rebel MPs together with Ssembabule MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Buyaga MP Barnabas Tinkasimire, Ndorwa West Wilfred Niwagaba and Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko.
The later were indefinitely suspended from the NRM party but MP Kyamadidi was suspended for three months in a statement presented to the media by the NRM secretary general Amama Mbabazi.
MP Kassiano Wadri wondered what parliament’s stand on this decision was and when it would publicly state it without interference from a political party.
He noted that Kyamadidi’s role in Parliament continues with or without being suspended from the party. Wadri cited that the rules of procedure provide that every Member of Parliament be assigned responsibility in a committee.
Government Chief Whip Justine Lumumba cited rule 176 (2) from the rules of procedure that states that in the selection of members of sectoral committees, the parties or organizations represented in parliament shall designate through the whips membership to committees on basis of party or organization representing in the house.
Lumumba interpreted this rule saying that the parties or organizations represented in the house shall designate through meaning that whips come and present what has been decided by the party.
MP Odonga Otto suggested that rule 176 be read with rule 175 which talks about sectoral committees saying that all members of parliament must belong to a committee.
He said that for the house to approve the recently read names of appointed members to committees from the NRM party caucus could be discriminative to Kyamadidi and unconstitutional.
Otto proposed that rule 176 should be amended saying that parties to designate members to chair committees may not be in the best interest of the house and that some members who perform very well are thrown out and others brought in.
He appealed to parliament to find other mechanisms of electing chairs of committees because experience is compromised and political sentiments are brought in.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga noted that since parliament has identified the problem they shall have to examine the rules of procedure. She asked for a few days to examine the matter more