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I’LL SHOW YOU FIRE: Furious Anita Among Reveals What She’ll Do to Punish Museveni Ministers Who Have ‘Rejected’ Her as Speaker (THEY WILL CRY)

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Anita Among is unhappy with Museveni ministers who have reportedly ‘rejected’ her as speaker of Parliament and refused to attend plenary sessions she presides over.

On September 06, Speaker Among prematurely adjourned the House over no-show of Ministers. When she came for September 07’s sitting she said some ministers refuse to come for sittings because they do not like her as presiding officer.

She assured them they have no choice but to be under her leadership for the five years she was chosen to preside over the august house.

Among, who is also the Bukedea District Woman MP, also revealed that as a way of paying back the ministers who hate her, house attendance will be a factor in vetting nominees to Cabinet. This is being seen as an onslaught on front benchers dodging plenary.

During the September 07’s plenary, Speaker Among said the issue of perennial absence of Ministers violates the Rules of Procedure, and that she will notify the President about the non-attending members of Cabinet.

“Rule 114 of the Rules of Procedure requires Ministers to attend sittings of the House and where one is unable to attend, he or she shall request another Minister to represent that Ministry’s interests in the House and notify the Speaker accordingly; I will bring this to the attention of the Chief Executive of this country [President Museveni],” she said.

Several ministers were in attendance during the Thursday sitting.

“The failure of some Ministers to regularly attend and participate in House Business is an abdication of responsibility and a breach of public trust; the leadership responsibilities that we hold are in public trust and we should therefore work for the common good,” she added.

Only the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, she said, had written to communicate her absence from the House, and accordingly assigned the Minister of State for Education and Sports (Sports) Peter Ogwang to sit in for her.

Upping efforts to decisively deal with the lack of attendance from the front bench, Speaker Among has asked the Committee on Appointments to consider attendance as a factor in vetting nominees to Cabinet.

“Next time we are vetting, we shall consider the issue of attendance; I am happy that Members of the Appointments Committee are here; those Ministers who will be moved to other Ministries, we shall consider attendance,” she said.

Third Deputy Prime Minister, Rukia Nakadama, apologized on behalf of Cabinet, promising future compliance.

“We shall improve on the time keeping so that we are always here on time,” she said.

But MP Solomon Silwany (NRM, Bukooli County Central), who has in the past consistently complained about non-attendance by Ministers, was not convinced.

“This is not the first time the Nakadama is coming to apologise here when we do not have Ministers in the House; I am on record raising the issue of the absence of Ministers from this House; can the Prime Minister commit that what happened will never happen again?” he said.

Speaker Among said Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja telephoned her with apologies for the absence, promising to crack the whip on her subordinates.

RECESS

Speaker Among also sent Parliament on full recess commencing Friday September 7, 2023, and asked Members to listen to their constituents and address their concerns.

“At the end of today’s sitting, we will go on recess until 28th September 2023; unlike previous recess periods where some Committees continued to transact business, this recess will be an absolute one; I expect all of you to head to your constituencies to monitor the implementation of government programmes,” she said.

Months ago, Speaker Anita Among left many in shock when she said some people wanted to kill her. (Read Stories Here and There).

The Speaker recently unveiled her mansion in Bukedea and declared her support for Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s presidential project in the popular ‘I believe in Museveni the father, the son and the ‘holy mother’ declaration. (See Details Here, There and Over There).

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