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Speaker Grills Winnie Kiiza on Electoral Reforms

Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza

It wasn’t business as usual on Wednesday on the floor of Parliament as the Speaker Hon Kadaga grilled the parliamentary Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Winnie Kiiza for alleging that the 9th Parliament conspired with government to block the proposed political and electoral reforms.

The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was furious and demanded that Kiiza substantiates her statement made in her response to President Museveni’s State of the Nation Address. Kadaga said Kiiza statement was defaming to the institution of Parliament.

In the response which was read in her absence last week by the opposition chief whip, physician http://comefare.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the LOP noted that the opposition did its best to present electoral reforms on time but they were never given space on the floor.

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This incensed Kadaga who noted that it was unfair for the opposition to blame Parliament yet she (Kadaga) was on record urging government to present reforms early enough.

After members debated the motion, nurse http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/inc/back-compat.php the Speaker tasked Kiiza to explain her statements which she failed to substantiate.

“I have all the relevant evidence and documentation that we tried to bring early reforms and they were blocked; however, seek I request to be given time so as to prepare all the documentation and present before the house tomorrow,” Kiiza requested.

The request was not granted by the Speaker demanding that by the time such statements were written she must have prepared all the facts. Kadaga demanded that she either substantiates or withdraws the statement.

Kiiza explained that the reforms were earlier brought to Parliament, given to the relevant committee but didn’t find their way to the floor of the house.

The Speaker interjected demanding that the LOP explains whether the opposition presented any bill to the house and she didn’t allow it on the order paper.

At that time, Kiiza was left speechless, conceding that she erred but declined to withdraw the statement with prayers that she would be allowed time to present said documents that stopped at committee level.

The debate on the State of the Nation Address is continuing today were the government chief whip will be presenting her response to the statement made by the opposition.

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