Professor Ogenga Latigo has accused President Yoweri Museveni of influence peddling that is “soiling” the race for parliament speaker.
Latigo says what is going on is in total breach of the principles on how a Speaker should be picked.
“The mistake that NRM makes is that it politicizes everything; the IGP has to be NRM, the CDF, Speaker,” Latigo said while appearing on NBS TV on Monday.
“What I see in this process towards the next Speaker is an attempt to humiliate Rebecca Kadaga.”
He added: “What we are seeing in the ongoing speakership race are symptoms of a country going down in terms of political growth.”
He said these are the top three positions: president (executive), Chief Justice (judiciary) and Speaker (legislature), noting that a Speaker is that important.
The professor said in Kenya and Tanzania, a Speaker can be picked from outside Parliament for the sake of having a non-divisive figure.
He says Uganda too should look for a speaker who emerges from a process that upholds the dignity of Parliament.
“This time, that’s unlikely. It is sad that the race for the Speaker has been reduced to a small party organ along Kyadondo Road.”
He observed that even with two interested parties, the speakership race can be sorted out silently without subjecting the nation to this process.
Latigo insisted the ‘claim’ that the one-party speakership race is “democracy” is a “mockery that shouldn’t happen again”.
“President Museveni has no business saying he needs a Speaker who will implement his policies.”
He said the principle is the Speaker, not the individual; the perception must be protected.
“That perception has been soiled.”
According to Latigo, Rebecca Kadaga’s re-election would mean respect for precedents (Speaker can serve up to 2 terms).
He says she also has international stature.
“What is so urgent that we are willing to soil the speakership’s perception as though it’s a matter of life and death?”