Controversy Shrouds Opposition Over President’s closed-door Meeting with legislators this afternoon
Controversy hovers in the opposition backyard, ahead of the President’s closed-door meeting with legislators this afternoon.
Whereas there is no common position on whether to attend or not to attend, members have chosen to take individual decisions.
Joseph Sewungu, the Democratic Party Whip in Parliament has told journalists that he would skip the meeting.
He says there is no purpose and clear agenda for the meeting.
Sewungu argues that if the president was discussing a matter of national importance, then the meeting with Mps will have to be constituted into Parliament, and using relevant laws, the president can be heard in silence and questions entertained later.
The legislator also said that attending the meeting would be similar to participating in the ruling party’s caucus and not Parliamentary business.
Both the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza and the opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju were not in office, and attempts to get their comment remained futile by press time.
However not all opposition mps are boycotting this meeting, learnt that a number of opposition MPs are scheduled to attend the meetings.
Gulu Micipality’s Lyandro Komakech (DP), Obongi County’s Hassan Kaps Fungaroo (FDC) and Deogratius Kiyingi (DP-Bukomansimbi South) were headed for the meeting by press time.
Many opposition leaning MPs including Anitah Among (Bukedea), Beatrice Anywar (Kitgum Municipality) and Latiff Ssebaggala (Kawempe North) were also headed for the meeting.
Their argument is that they have pertinent questions to be put to the fountain of honour and commander in chief of the armed forces in Uganda.
The President is expected to listen to concerns by the Mps in an interactive session that has been closed to the media.