The select committee investigating the irregular sale of public school land in Kampala has kicked out Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo from actively participating in its sessions.
The decision stems from complaints to the committee by some witnesses against the legislator for alleged intimidating them.
In March this year, Parliament set up the select committee after Ssekikuubo petitioned the House over the rampant giveaway of public school land in the city.
Several witnesses have already appeared before the committee.
URN has learnt that State Minister of Education in charge of Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi complained to the committee leadership and the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga about Ssekikubo’s attempts to intimidate witnesses before the committee.
Matters were heightened during Wednesday’s sitting when city businessman, Sudhir Ruparelia accused Ssekikubo’s wife of having personal interest in the Kololo Secondary School land.
Committee chairman, Robert Migadde confirmed to URN that following an internal meeting by the members, it was agreed that Ssekikubo is barred from cross examining any witnesses to avoid such inconveniences in future.
“Clause 198 of the Rules of Procedure states that, a lead petitioner cannot be the very one to cross examine the witnesses.
Migadda says the witnesses will take the committee for granted and discredit their report.
He says they can only allow Ssekikubo to attend the sittings but only as a listening post.
Another committee member, Kassiano Wadri accused Ssekikubo of bulldozing some of the witnesses.
He says if the committee wants to consult with Ssekikubo on the petition, they will do it through the chairman.
Ssekikubo confirmed receiving the committee’s directive.
He told URN that he had been informed that he was threatening witnesses.
He however, says all he was doing was to raise fair questions, like he has done on other probes like CHOGM. Ssekikubo says he will abide by the decision.