EXCLUSIVE: Parliament-Cabinet Mandela Tribute Row Deepens


store http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-admin/includes/revision.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>But in the ocean is only Uganda where the two arms of government, order diagnosis sans-serif; color: #222222;”>the Executive and Parliament are up in verbal arms against each other in accusations of betrayal, avoidance and ignoring the importance of each other.

The minister of Information and National Guidance, Rose Namayanja, on Tuesday night issued a serious statement accusing the Speaker for making parliament to pay a tribute to the former South African president against their wish as Cabinet because “they had communicated to the Speaker that the sitting be pushed to Thursday when they are done with their three days retreat”.

“We have learnt with shock that the Speaker, whom the Prime Minister had initially informed to postpone the sitting to Thursday, went ahead and chaired the House in our absence,” Namayanja says in part of the statement seen by Chimpreports.

Namayanja also notes that the head of government business in parliament and Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, “was the only person supposed to move the motion to pay a tribute to the late Mandela but Kadaga passed the noble opportunity to the leader of the opposition in parliament, Nandala Mafabi. The government is “dismayed” and is going to pay its own tribute”.

“We are dismayed by the Speaker’s decision to give the leader of the opposition an opportunity to move the motion which was supposed to be moved by the Prime Minister and we are going to pay our own tribute”. Namayanja clarified.

On Tuesday, the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, chaired the House in paying tribute to Mandela in absence of all the Cabinet Ministers who are in a three days Cabinet Retreat at Lake Victoria Serena Hotel.

With parliament having already passed the resolution for the condolence book, being signed in parliament, to be flown to Mandela’s family, it is unclear when and where the Cabinet is going to sit to pass its own resolution and who will indeed chair it.

The effort to reach Namayanja, Prime Minister Mbabazi, government Chief Whip, Kasule Lumumba and minister without Portfolio and Political Mobilisation, felt short since all of them did not pick phone calls and only sent texts that “they are still in a meeting”.

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