By Mulengera Reporters
Defying the position articulated by LoP Betty Aol and Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Prof Ogenga Latigo has vowed not to vacate the office of being FDC representative in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) based in South Africa.
Whereas the two leaders say Latigo’s time is up because the practice is for members to serve for 2.5 years to give chance for others, the Agago County MP says he won’t move even an inch until the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tells him to. He says it’s Kadaga with authority over him and not the FDC party. He has showed disgust by discontinuing his monthly subscription to the party.
He says as a party, FDC has committed many illegalities regarding Parliamentary assignments and have therefore no moral authority to make reference to any law or rules of prudent practice. Latigo also says he will remain in the PAP position because rules ceased to matter the day Party President Patrick Amuriat took a personal decision to fire Winnie Kiiza replacing her with Betty Aol as LoP. To Latigo, Amuriat’s act was illegal because LoP must be elected as opposed to being merely appointed by Najjanankumbi.
The insect Professor says he will reciprocate that anomaly by the party by refusing to vacate the office of PAP. Semujju says the former LoP was required to begin preparing his exit in September last year but the veteran politician furiously reacted to their notice by halting his monthly contribution to the running of the party. Latigo says he can’t allow a party that doesn’t respect the law to continue receiving his monthly contribution. He also wonders why a person like Amuriat, who isn’t an elected MP, can be empowered to determine how the opposition shares Parliamentary positions.
Sources say Latigo recently accepted to publicly associate with Gen Mugisha Muntu’s ANT party as a way of demonstrating his resentment towards FDC party leadership for decreeing his PAP removal through Semujju Nganda and Aol.
Headquartered in Midrand South Africa, PAP is an initiative of the African Union and besides Latigo, other Ugandan politicians pocketing huge allowances include Jackie Amongin, James Kakooza, Anifa Kawooya and Felix Okot Ogong who represent the ruling NRM on grounds of its numerical strength in the House. PAP is one engagement from where Latigo, who endured economic hardship on losing his Seat in 2011, gets some good amount of groceries to supplement on the meager income he retains off his emoluments as an MP. (For comments, call, text or whatsapp us on 0703164755 or email us at email@example.com).