Intrigue is rocking Parliament – Kadaga

Kampala

The Speaker of Parliament has publicly revealed growing internal intrigue in the House, saying some of its officials lay schemes to tarnish the name of the national assembly.

Ms Rebecca Kadaga cited two scenarios, one about the appointment of a new Clerk to Parliament and the backstabbing of Parliament during preparations for the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)onference.

Ms Kadaga was speaking at a farewell party for the Deputy Clerk for Corporate Affairs, Mr Chris Kaija Kwamya, organised at the Kampala Serena Hotel to recognise his 23 years of service to Parliament.

“When Mr Aeneas Tandekwire, the former Clerk to Parliament left, I confidently marched to some place for a meeting on who should be the clerk. In that meeting I was baffled and all the confidence I had was deflated but I did not tell Mr Kwamya,” Ms Kadaga said on Thursday.

“I shared the story with my commissioners but the information eventually reached him (Kwamya). He wrote to Civil Service informing them he was resigning because he felt slighted that his long service had ended up in rumour mongering,” Ms Kadaga added.

President Museveni appoints the Clerk to Parliament whose role is to give aice and guidance to the Speaker regarding the rules, procedures and protocol of Parliament. The clerk also runs the internal management of Parliament.

Ms Jane Kibirige, former Mbarara University deputy registrar and current Clerk to Parliament, in February 2012 succeeded Mr Tandekwire who retired after 26 years of service in the same position.In his words of farewell, Mr Kwamya, told Parliamentary staff: “Desist from throwing stones because you are also living in a glass house.”

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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