Parliament Insists Editors Must Appear
By Serestino Tusingwire
Parliament’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline has insisted that editors of three media Houses must appear before an ongoing inquiry into coverage of MPs’ expenses and defend stories they published.
The Committee made the ruling after editors for the second time snubbed summons to appear before the Committee to shed light on the stories that have been disputed by Parliament authorities.
Committee Vice Chairperson Ongalo Obote says they will issue fresh summons for the Editors to appear on Thursday 27th October before compiling a report to be presented to the House when it resumes on November 14th for action to be taken against the defiant media Houses.
On orders of the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the committee is investigating media Houses that authored stories relating to the money Parliament used to facilitate themselves on various issues.
The legislators were irked by media coverage about their perks, notably the Shs150m car grant, the Shs68m burial expenses per MP, and the trips to the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) convention in Boston.