today's Pick
Kiyonga snubs MPs on South Sudan deployment
Publish Date: Jun 05, 2014
Kiyonga snubs MPs on South Sudan deployment
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Mary Karugaba

MPs on the Parliamentary Committee on Defence were furious after Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga failed to turn up to explain a number of issues surrounding Uganda’s deployment in South Sudan


After waiting for the minister and other officials for over three hours, the MPs accused Kiyonga of undermining the committee and directed the Clerk to the committee to write a report to the House without his contribution.

Citing rule 197 of the parliamentary Rules of Procedures, the MPs said Kiyonga and his team should be held in contempt of Parliament and taken to the Rules committee for disciplinary action.

“The matters we are discussing are very serious as we are supposed to report back to the House. For the minister to fail to appear or even at least communicate is a serious issue. Under our rules, let’s hold him in contempt of Parliament and ask him to explain to the Rules of Committee,” MP Simon Mulongo proposed.

MPs Ibrahim Ssemuju and Muwanga Kivumbi although supported Mulongo’s proposal, they blamed the committee’s leadership of conniving with Defence officials to fail the committee’s work.

“The minister has failed to come because the leadership of this committee has compromised their stand on this matter. You have conspired with the officials to fail this investigation. I have no hope that this will be resolved,” Ssemujju said.

Kiyonga was scheduled to appear before MPs to give a status update on the plight of the Uganda’s troops in South Sudan, the budget implication of the operation,future of the deployment and whether there are changes in the status of forces agreement.

The committee deputy chairperson Peter Emmanuel Eriaku said efforts to contact the minister were futile as his phones were off.

“I have tried all means to reach the ministers, but I have failed. Their phones are off yet we agreed that we would meet today,” Eriaku said.

When New vision also tried to reach Kiyonga, his phone was off. 

RELATED ARTICLES

Gen. Muhoozi meets UPDF troops in South Sudan

IGAD teams commence operations in South Sudan

Oil fans flames of South Sudan war

Prof. Mamdani speech on S. Sudan: Part II
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
I am not grooming my son for presidency
That is an insult. Why should I groom my son? This is not a monarchy; this is not a feudal arrangement. It is a democratic order....
UN in South Sudan sees possible deal but no peace
The UN mission in South Sudan is bracing for ongoing fighting even if a political deal is reached between rival leaders, the new head of mission said Wednesday....
Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence
When Ugandan farmer''s daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled....
Britain's Houses of Parliament desperately need some feline protection to tackle the growing mouse population - but the job would require an impractical number of cats prowling the corridors of power....
Besigye thrown out of Masaka workshop
FORMER FDC leader, Col Kizza Besigye was thrown out of a conference on free and fair elections at Hotel Brovad in Masaka on grounds that he was not officially invited...
South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war
A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex...
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter