Deputy Speaker Tayebwa cautions MPs against disclosing evidence from witnesses in COSASE-UG Airline probe


The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa has warned legislators not to divulge information unearthed during parliamentary Committees investigations before the final report is presented and adopted on the floor of the House.

During a plenary sitting on Tuesday,
Tayebwa showed dissatisfaction with the conduct of some of the Members of Parliament whom he said have been making comments about the ongoing COSASE probe on the operations of Uganda National Airlines. The spotlight, however, has been on the company’s Chief Executive Jennifer Bamutaraki with the committee tearing into her academic qualifications having confessed that she does not possess her Bachelors Degree transcript since 1994 when she reportedly graduated from Makerere University.

DS Tayebwa also guided that legislators who have issues with the way the Committees are conducting business to instead of making public utterances, should report to the leadership of the House.

“If you have an issue with the conduct of the committee, this House has leadership. I want to caution those interfering with how we are doing our work, calling and threatening the Committees. We shall not allow anything to interfere with our work.” Tayebwa guided.

He said legislators have a role to play in protecting the image of the August House and MPs who feel the Committees have made excesses in carrying out their works should not go to the media but instead report to the office of the Speaker or the relevant Party Whips.

“I argue you colleagues to protect the image of this Parliament and next time please don’t force us to invoke the Rules of Procedure. Colleagues even when you are in the committees, conduct business in a manner that protects the image of Parliament” he said.

Bubulo East legislator, John Musila who had been quoted as accusing the COSASE of corruption, rose to apologise to the House after the Deputy Speaker had guided on the need for MPs to protect the image of the House.

Musila informed Parliament that he had appeared on talk show on one of the Television Stations in Kampala but insisted that his statements were misrepresented on the social media channels of the media house while translating it from Luganda to English.

Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba who is also the Shadow Attoney General, told his colleagues to always examine the provisions of Rule 216 (2) of the Rules of Procedure before going out to divulge details of evidence and documents that is adduced before the Committees of Parliament.

The Deputy Speaker then informed Parliament that together with Speaker Anita Among, they plan to meet the leadership of the Sectoral and Standing Committees to chat a way forward on how they will conduct their business without tainting the image of the Legislature.

The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) is currently scrutinizing the Auditor General’sreport for the financial year 2020/21 on the operations of the national carrier.

On Monday, Pricilla Mirembe, the Board Chairperson of Uganda Airlines wrote to COSASE Chairman Joel Ssenyonyi requesting that the subsequent proceedings with the entity be closed to the press in order to limit the damage to the aviation industry.



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