Chairperson of the Parliaments Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Hon Abdu Katuntu has denied allegations that he approached the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, seeking extension of his tenure.
Katuntu, who is also the MP for Bugweri County, dismissed the media claims that he asked Kadaga to stay his office handover up to February 20th, to allow the committee conclude its work, which includes investigation into the sale of seven commercial banks by the Central Bank.
He claimed the idea to extend the committee tenure came from the Speaker herself.
It is not true that we went to the speaker to seek an extension, Katuntu told the Committee as it resumed the Bank of Uganda probe this morning.
I want to put this on record. What happened; like any serious chairman of a committee, we always brief the speaker on the progress of the work we are doing as a committee.
So I went to the speaker and briefed her as the head of this institution, how far we had gone. She inquired whether it would be possible to complete this work before the term expires. I did explain to the speaker that it was not possible, Katuntu said.
The speaker suggested that she would engage the leadership of the opposition and see a way forward. That process of engagement, I am not part of it. I imagine that the speaker will communicate to the house if the engagement happened.
COSASEs two and a half year tenure like other standing committees expires on January 13th.
katuntus comments today, come shortly after the FDC leadership wrote to the speaker, offering some compromises to allow Hon Munyagwa take over the Committee.
Among the compromises, FDCs Chief Whip Hon Semujju Nganda told Kadaga that they had asked Munyagwa where necessary to allow Katuntu come back and finish his investigations, since this is allowed by the rules.
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