Kadaga resists attempts by NRM to breach constitution

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga reveals that she has resisted several attempts by the NRM party to use her to achieve their objectives in parliament even when they boarder on breaching the constitution.

Kadaga says that the NRM party to which she subscribes expected her to be soft while dealing with matters which the party prefers but she has stood firm using the constitution to remain firm.

Kadaga cites an example where the NRM party wanted the appointments committee to vet a person appointed as a judge even when they did not qualify.

Kadaga who is also the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association was presenting a paper titled “The Role of the Presiding Officer and Staff of Parliament” at the 25th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar held in Dares salaam Tanzania

Kadaga also says that the strict control of Mps by Political Parties is one of the leading challenges to the growth of Parliamentary Democracy across the African continent.

Speaker Kadaga observes that in Uganda many NRM MPs are now afraid to speak in Parliament because of being controlled by their chief whip who often threatens them through phone calls

The Majority Leader in the Parliament of Ghana Dr.Benjamin Kunbuor warned that although political parties form the cornerstone of democratic society, MPs should seek consensus between party and national interests.

Dr.Kunbuor proposed that parties should apply restrictive measures on MPs with great restraint since the application of disciplinary sanctions may put excessive pressure on the Parliamentarians and interfere with the implementation of the free mandate.