Kadaga: Committee Chairpersons Cannot be Summoned

A bitter row has erupted between the State Minister for economic monitoring Henry Banyenzaki and the Ruhija Health centre III administration and locals over an ambulance.

The squabble erupted on Wednesday during a meeting held at Ruhija health centre III intended to discuss the fate of the ambulance donated by a local politician.

The ambulance in question, sildenafil ambulance a Toyota Land cruiser Prado registration number UAM 739J was donated by Ruhija Sub County District Councilor, online Christopher Ngabirano in December 2014 to help the residents in medical emergencies.

However, remedy mid this year during a meeting the locals unanimously agreed to exchange it with another vehicle which can easily be maintained and they informed the minster about the decision.

Councilor Chris Ngabirano hands over the ambulance to the health center in 2014

Councilor Chris Ngabirano handed over the ambulance to the health center in 2014

On November 10th this year, they met Banyenzaki who accepted and exchanged it with a Noah registration number UAT 284Q.

However the locals accuse the minister for retaining both vehicles and also claiming to be the donor yet it was an exchange.

The Health centre in-charge Ruth Mpirirwe Lucky says that on November 11th 2015 when they were registering the vehicle in the books of the district, Banyenzaki admitted that the vehicle has been exchanged with that of Ngabirano. She however wonders how he would change his statement afterwards.

The sub county councilor Chris Ngabirano said that handed out the ambulance to help his people and that he was shocked to hear the minister claim its ownership.

Ngabirano handed over the vehicle to Ruhija Health Center III during a thanksgiving ceremony following the expansion of Katooma Catholic Church building held at the Church in Ruhija Sub County.

However, while speaking to our reporter on phone Minister Banyenzaki said purchased the land cruiser from Ngabirano at Shs 3 million after it broke down, before he donated his Toyota Noah to the hospital, which he purchased at Shs million.
Ambassador James Mugume, medical the long-serving Foreign Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary has been replaced in a surprise reshuffle of Permanent Secretaries, check Chimp Corps report.

Mugume has been in the Foreign Service for the last 35 years. He was PS at the influential ministry for 10 years.

He has now been posted as PS at the blossoming Ministry of Tourism, approved Wildlife and Antiquities.

The news came in as Mugume accompanied President Museveni and his boss Sam Kutesa to the China African Summit in South Africa.

Highly placed State House sources said Museveni zeroed on Mugume to take the mantle of transforming the tourism sector in the country due to his vast connections in the international community.

Despite being a career diplomat, Mugume is known to be quite passionate about tourism.

Mugume is being replaced with Patrick Mugoya from the the Tourism Ministry.

Kagoda is also a distinguished diplomat, having served as a senior foreign service officer for several years.

Education Ministry PS Dr Rose Nassali who has been fighting with Minister Jessica Alupo is headed to the less influential Judicial Service Commission.

More details will be posted as they emerge.

The Speaker of Parliament, order Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has said that Chairpersons of Committees cannot be summoned by Commissions of Inquiry or any other investigators individually.

This follows a concern raised by Lwemiyaga County MP, no rx Hon.Theodore Ssekikubo during a sitting of the House on Thursday.

Ssekikubo said that the media was awash with stories that the current and former Chairpersons of the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) had be summoned to appear before the Commission of Inquiry investigating the Uganda National Roads Authority(UNRA).

“The Members were being summoned to appear for the work entrusted to them by this House. Isn’t that by extension summoning Parliament?” Ssekikubo wondered.

The legislator asked whether chairpersons of committees are liable for the actions of government officials.

Kadaga said that the summons were sent to her office and that she had advised the probe committee that the Chairpersons cannot be summoned as individuals.

“They have to look for other means but not look for Members. I had another case in which two Members of Parliament were being summoned to give evidence but I said no, ailment they were acting on behalf of the House,” she said.

Serere District MP and current Chairperson of PAC, Hon. Alice Alaso said that it was time the Speaker communicated to the Commission because they were being harassed for being involved in the UNRA mess.

“The Commission is now blackmailing us especially in this season of politicking,” Alaso said.

The former Chairperson of PAC, Hon. Kassiano Wadri added that the committees do their work and report to Parliament and it is the Executive to carry out the recommendations in the reports.

“The Commission should be professional enough and not taint our image. We were at the tail end of the investigations and cannot be blackmailed for what we did,” Wadri said.


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