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 says 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”.
COSASE’s two and a half year tenure like other standing committees expires on January 13th. However, in December last year the Speaker of Parliamebt petitioned the leader of opposition (LoP), Betty Aol Ochan asking her to extend committee’s term to conclude the probe into the sale of banks by bank of Uganda.
Ochan declined on grounds that the move contravenes with the parliamentary rule of procedure that allows the committee to stay of two and half years in office.
In the recent reshuffles, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) dropped Katuntu and appointed Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa as the chairperson, superintending all the activities of the committee.