By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Parliament has stressed that the working relationship between the speaker of the House, Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah is still intact, countering recent media reports indicating a ‘fallout’.
A release issued by the office of the Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday refuted claims that were made in the media that the ‘fallout’ is responsible for the current situation in the House which led to, forceful removal of Hon. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda , MP Kyadondo East MP, from the Chamber.
“From the onset, the Parliament would like to set the record straight by stating that the story was an imaginary one, because the relationship between the two principals is solid and unshaken.
The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker have been, and are committed to working together for both the democratic governance of and the good of the people this country.” Read the release in part
The statement further states that as the speaker communicated in the House on Thursday 26th September, 2013 , Right Hon. Kadaga on her return to Parliament from abroad, had not received a briefing about the details of the suspension of the four Members of Parliament namely; Hon. Odonga Otto, Hon. Angeline Osege, Hon. Theodore Ssekikuubo and Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
“When she was eventually briefed, she communicated to the MPs and instructed the Clerk to Parliament to put the instruction in writing, which was done. The suspended MPs, therefore, received a written communication urging them to apologise to the House for their unruly behaviour, as per the Deputy Speaker’s ruling.” Says the statement
It adds that , the expectation was that the MPs, on receipt of this communication, would abide by the Speaker’s ruling and observe House decorum by making an apology to the House; they, however, chose to do otherwise.
“The current situation in the House, regarding the MPs conduct is against the prescribed Commonwealth behaviour and is therefore highly regrettable.” It reads
The Deputy Speaker on Tuesday however apologised to parliament over the controversy caused by the suspension of the four members of parliament.