Speaker Rebecca Kadaga yesterday caused drama on the floor of the House after she denied her deputy Jacob Oulanyah chance to speak.
Oulanyah’s who unusually attended the last sitting of the 3rd session of parliament , caused unease after he walked into the plenary unexpectedly.
Eagle online has learnt that the man from Omoro attended the plenary after previous attempts to seek redress from Kadaga appeared to hit a dead end.
Oulanyah’s name had earlier been made a subject of discussion in a sitting chaired by Ms Kadaga.
This was totally against the rules of parliament specifically rule 107 of the Parliamentary rules of procedures which state that for a Speaker or deputy Speaker to be discussed in the House , there must be a substantive motion and the accused must have a right to defend themselves.
But Kadaga using her blue ‘eyed boy’ Maurice Kibalya, the Bugabula South MP, smuggled in a discussion of Mr Oulanyah.
As the presiding officer who is supposed to play by Parliamentary rules , Kadaga allowed her deputy to be attacked in the House in total disregard of existing rules.
Mr Oulanyah’s crime was to return to the Omoro District #Covid-19 Task Force Shs20 million that had been paid to each MP through money that parliament deducted from the National #Covid-19 emergency budget.
The money was meant to support Ministry of Health fight against Coronavirus but Kadaga commandeered Shs10 billion from it and distributed to MPs.
This provoked national outrage and the president described it as immoral.The president directed MPs to return the money.
A section of MPs led by Gerald Karuhanga also petitioned court that ruled that MPs return money to the task force.
Several MPs including Oulanyah’s later returned the money. Kadaga insisted that MPs spend the money as directed by her.
She would later , however , clandestinely return the money to Kamuli District #Covid-19 Task Force through her assistants.
While she had allowed her blue eyed MPs to lambast Oulanyah, the Omoro man did not take it lying down as he insisted that such a record be expunged from the Parliamentary record.
Kadaga dilly dallied hence the Tuesday storming of the House by bow tied Oulanyah.
Kadaga refused to give him opportunity to talk on the floor and signaled Oulanyah for a discussion in closed doors.
She would later resume the sitting and instructed that the record be expunged.
The Omoro man walked out telling the media later that “ things must be done the right way.”
Kadaga is known for always riding the high horse and running public matters with a bit of vendetta. Deputy Speaker Oulanyah contested against her for speaker post in 2016 and that seem to have been the start of her vendetta with him.