Legislators on the Parliament’s Rules, Discipline and Privilege Committee have proposed an amendment to the rules of procedure, to allow for a Speaker of Parliament to resign voluntarily.
While presenting the report to parliament on Tuesday, the Rules’ Committee Chairperson, Clement Ongalo said that currently, the Parliament’s rules of procedure does not provide for a Speaker or Deputy to resign, but only provides for the impeachment.
He further told the house that although the provision for a Speaker to resign exists in the constitution, there is a need to make it clear in the Parliament’s rule book.
It is remembered that in 1998, then Speaker of Parliament of Parliament James Wapakhabulo resigned when he was appointed National Political Commissar.
Meanwhile, the rules committee also proposed a ban on campaigns for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker saying it goes against the decorum of Parliament.
The chairman argued that public campaigns should not be permitted because there are high chances of hurting the dignity of the individuals concerned and in turn the institution of Parliament.
The proposal comes at a time when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah were washing each other’s dirty linen in public by openly attacking each other.
The committee is also proposing that an MP-elect who is unable to come to the Parliament building can take oath wherever they are. This according to the committee chairperson can be via zoom video conference, and even when an MP is in jail.
After presentation of the amendment, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked MPs to scrutinize the Committee report and make their proposals through the Clerk to Parliament before a final decision is taken.