The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has overturned a ruling by her deputy Jacob Oulanyah, halting any business relating to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), until the Impasse at City Hall is resolved.
Oulanyah made the ruling in December 2014 basing on ongoing bickering between the Executive and Political arm of the Authority.
The wrangles specifically pit KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi against Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The ruling by Oulanyah followed an agreement between the Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to endorse a 500 billion Shillings loan to enable KCCA implement reconstruction of a number of roads under the Second Phase of the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP2).
The request had been resisted by members of the opposition in parliament who said the authority lacked the mandate to oversee the implementation of projects and provide checks and balances in the absence of a political head.
But Kadaga overturned the ruling saying that it was a personal decision by her deputy who may not want to preside over business pertaining to KCCA.
She said the deputy’s ruling was not voted on by the House and therefore could not take effect.
In effect, Kadaga authorized the tabling of the KCCA financial year 2015/2016 policy statement on the floor of Parliament amid protests from the opposition.
The Policy Statement was tabled by the State minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo.
Efforts by the Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu to raise a procedural objection yielded no fruit.
Wafula questioned whether rulings made by a Speaker chairing a session are individual decisions or binding to Parliament.