Kampala, Uganda – The new Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said that he has informally contacted leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament over the nomination of members to the appointments committee.
The Appointments Committee is supposed to comprise of not less than fifteen and not more than twenty members designated by party whips on the basis of proportional party membership in the House taking into consideration the numerical strength of the parties and the interests of Independent members.
The committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament vets and approves members appointed by the President. The 10th Parliament had 25 members including 16 National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs, three Independent MPs, three Forum for Democratic Change Members (FDC), one Democratic Party (DP) and one Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) member. The National Unity Platform with 57 MPs will have slots in the appointments committee.
Now Oulanyah says that as the 11th Parliament kicks off, they are waiting for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to make appointments of the cabinet including the Vice President and the Prime Minister, and in doing so they are already looking at setting in place institutions like the appointments committee and other committees of Parliament.
In an interview with journalists on Tuesday, Oulanyah said he has talked to the leaders of the political parties informally to prepare names for members to sit in the appointments committee.
He says other items like the State of the Nation Address and the budget are already lined up for June, and Parliament needs to work towards this.
Oulanyah also paid a courtesy call to the 20 departments of Parliament telling the Directors that his office was open at any time for them. He also called on the different offices to forgive each other if there are any wrongs done by some other people.
On resolving conflicts in Parliament including the tense situation arising from the Speakership race, Oulanyah said that the purpose of the institution is bigger than the individual differences. He says he has forgiven those who wronged him and also sought forgiveness from whoever he wronged. URN