TOP MINISTERS AT THE CENTRE OF EFFORTS TO RECONCILE KADAGA AND OULANYAH SPEAK OUT
By Mulengera Reporter
A team of ministers instituted to reconcile Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and her deputy Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah is already feeling the heat of the tough job they were assigned to do by top ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders and government led by President Yoweri Museveni.
The feud between Kadaga, also Kamuli Woman MP, and Oulanyah, the Omoro County representative in Parliament, has been ongoing for years with the latter expressing interest in the former’s current job as head of the legislative arm of government. About two months ago, Kadaga also chaired a session to express displeasure in Museveni and Oulanyah for their criticism of the Shs10bn Covid19 package for legislators.
Recent manifestations of the bad blood between the two top most leaders of the legislature happened at State House, with the two facing President Museveni to explain their side of the story regarding the row. It was after this meeting that Museveni tasked ministers close to the two heads of Parliament to mediate between Oulanyah and Kadaga after the duo failed to justify their ugly squabbles.
The team of mediators is said to be headed by First Deputy Premier Gen Moses Ali, and also includes Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof Ephraim Kamuntu. But Minister Kamuntu was quoted by news agency URN as saying that the job of reconciling the two leaders was an uphill task, given that they are high ranking officals.
“If you go by protocol, the speaker and the deputy speaker, particularly the deputy speaker is one of the positions in this country which take precedence; and those who take precedence, you leave the matters of the generals to the generals,” Kamuntu said.
Other ministers said to be part of the mediation team have denied being assigned to the Kadaga-Oulanyah reconciliation committee, arguing that the matter was beyond their level and was being directly handled by Museveni himself.
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