NRM MPs exchange words over committees
Some NRM members of parliament got involved in a bitter exchange of words after their names were dropped from the house’ committee positions of their choice.
They accused the party’s chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa of sectarianism, claiming that she allocated juicy committees to her colleagues from Central and Western Uganda.
The bitter exchange was witnessed between Kyankwanzi Woman MP Ann Maria Nankabirwa, and her counterpart from Kiboga, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa. Nankabirwa of Kyankwanzi accused her chief whip of political sabotage.
Speaking with tears, Ann Maria Nankabirwa accused the government chief whip who transferred her from the Committee of Natural Resources, the only committee she had applied for, to the committee of Science and Technology where she said she has no competence.
She (Maria Nankabirwa) added that the decision to put her in a committee that is not vibrant will see her lose visibility, and eventually fall prey to her opponents in her constituency.
The allegation was dismissed the government chief whip, who added that NRM party has a system it follows. Ruth Nankabirwa added she consults everybody including the speaker and the Prime Minister before submitting the names to Central Executive Committee for approval.
As the heated debate continued, Otto requested the speaker to look into the rules and stop the party from forcing MPs to be on committees they do not apply for.
Richard Okoth Othieno (NRM), MP for West Budama said that it is not only Ann Maria Nankabirwa but many other MPS were dying silently.
He said that putting legislators on committees that they have not applied for is the reason why some members of parliament choose not to attend committee session.
In her defence, Ruth Nankabirwa said she was troubled why her Kyankwanzi colleague only applied for one committee.
Terego west MP Moses Angundru who is also NRM party member accused the government chief whip of favoring some sub region members to be on committees of their choice blocking others.
The speaker described this incident as unprecedented and promised to give a ruling on this matter.