The Speaker of the 10th Parliament, malady Rebecca Kadaga has Friday ordered for summoning of the ICT Minister, what is ed Frank Tumwebaze, for moving against the house’s agreed position on the matter of deactivation of unregistered SIM cards.
The development came a few hours before last night’s disconnection of sim cards that have not been verified with owners’ national IDs.
Parliament on Thursday evening passed a resolution to extend the disconnection deadline for about a year, which decision was disregarded by the ICT minister, insisting that the shutdown would take place Friday midnight as planned.
“The representatives of the people and the front bench largely agreed with this decision yesterday; I was shocked to learn that the Minister of ICT Hon. Frank Kagigi Tumwebaze in total disregard, of this house’s resolution has insisted that unregistered SIM cards should be switched off,” fumed Kadaga.
The speaker ruled that the minister’s action was “an affront to the peoples’ representatives and the country, unacceptable and would not go unchallenged.”
Kadaga remarked that if the executive had a contrary argument to the resolution of Parliament, it had an opportunity to present the arguments on Thursday.
“This was a substantive motion; it was on the order paper and if the Executive had any reservation on any matter, the Minister should have had the courtesy of coming and presenting the statement of objection to the decision made.”
The speaker thus directed the Parliamentary Rules Committee to invite Tumwebaze to explain himself to the house, who he said was being signed for contempt under rule 211 of the Rules of Procedure.
Earlier in the day, while addressing media about the sim card disconnection, Tumwebaze explained that there was no reason for fighting between the Executive and Parliament since the concerns of members had already been mitigated.
“The work of Parliament is to enact legislations, pass motions and resolutions and ask government to act on them and report; the work of government is to act on those resolutions as it deems fit and applicable. Resolutions of parliament are not Court orders thank God they were advisory,” Tumwebaze said.
The minister emphasized that the exercise is intended to combat escalating criminality and needn’t to be stalled any further.