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Uganda: Rules Committee interacts with House staff over conduct allegation of a Member of Parliament (MP)

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  Parliament s Director of Communications and Public Affairs CPA Chris Obore has asked the Rules Privileges and Discipline Committee to take an interest in the House of Commons code of conduct He said the House of Commons comprehensive ethical code of conduct would help strengthen members conduct in detail as it looks beyond the language MPs use how MPs transact business their role in their other jobs and if they pay taxes among others It would inform where we want to go as deputies outside and inside the House what you do as a member if you have a school how you behave how you treat people so that you are a complete leader the director Obore alongside Ag Hansard Deputy Editor Moses Bwalatum and Ag Chief Information Officer Charles Bukuwa appeared before the committee on Wednesday September 21 2022 The committee is investigating allegations of misconduct against the Minister of State of Land Housing and Urban Development HE Persis Namuganza Namuganza is alleged to have undermined the role of the Parliamentary ad hoc committee set up to investigate the Naguru Nakawa land saga The ad hoc committee accused Namuganza of allegedly illegally manipulating the allocation of plots on Nakawa Naguru land Namuganza reportedly went to the 11th official Parliament WhatsApp group made up of MPs and key staff where he made the remarks team led by Obore took it upon himself to appear before the committee as administrators of the group They presented printed versions of the WhatsApp messages whose authenticity the committee managed to verify While before the committee Obore was asked by deputies to explain the purpose of the formation of the WhatsApp group the membership They also sought to know if said statement was actually published by the Hon Namuganza and what they did about it The vice president of the commission fr Charles Onen asked Obore to explain if they tried to warn or warn the errant members let alone remove them from the group If negative comments are being made you can advise as an administrator and if you can also remove that person or warn them that if they continue to do this we will remove them Onen asked However Br Catherine Mavenjina representing the older people of northern Uganda questioned whether this is possible as parliamentarians are superior to staff Obore agreed with the Hon Mavenjina By hierarchy you are our superiors you can t see that we are supervising or monitoring what our bosses are doing but when this issue came up we double checked and found the information there Obore said Hon Cecilia Ogwal MP for Dokolo said that although MPs are chief staff Parliament staff are technical and there is no contradiction in advising MPs I see no contradiction in a member of staff writing to the person concerned or to the Secretary of Parliament to say that I have observed this type of behavior and that some action may need to be taken Ogwall said Obore added We believe that as a national leader you have a conviction of what good government is you can relate to your peers disagree debate with them without getting excited or vulgarized she said To close Fr Onen acknowledged Obore s recommendation and said the committee would be interested
Uganda: Rules Committee interacts with House staff over conduct allegation of a Member of Parliament (MP)

1 Parliament’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA), Chris Obore, has asked the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee to take an interest in the House of Commons code of conduct.

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2 He said the House of Commons’ comprehensive ethical code of conduct would help strengthen members’ conduct in detail, as it looks beyond the language MPs use, how MPs transact business, their role in their other jobs and if they pay taxes, among others.

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4 “It would inform where we want to go as deputies, outside and inside the House, what you do as a member, if you have a school, how you behave, how you treat people, so that you are a complete leader?” the director.

5 Obore, alongside Ag. Hansard Deputy Editor Moses Bwalatum and Ag. Chief Information Officer Charles Bukuwa appeared before the committee on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

6 The committee is investigating allegations of misconduct against the Minister of State of Land, Housing and Urban Development, HE Persis Namuganza Namuganza is alleged to have undermined the role of the Parliamentary ad hoc committee set up to investigate the Naguru-Nakawa land saga The ad hoc committee accused Namuganza of allegedly illegally manipulating the allocation of plots on Nakawa-Naguru land Namuganza reportedly went to the 11th official Parliament WhatsApp group made up of MPs and key staff, where he made the remarks.

7 team led by Obore, took it upon himself to appear before the committee as administrators of the group.

8 They presented printed versions of the WhatsApp messages whose authenticity the committee managed to verify.

9 While before the committee, Obore was asked by deputies to explain the purpose of the formation of the WhatsApp group, the membership.

10 They also sought to know if said statement was actually published by the Hon. Namuganza and what they did about it.

11 The vice-president of the commission, fr.

12 Charles Onen, asked Obore to explain if they tried to warn or warn the errant members, let alone remove them from the group.

13 “If negative comments are being made, you can advise as an administrator and if you can also remove that person, or warn them that if they continue to do this, we will remove them,” Onen asked.

14 However, Br. Catherine Mavenjina, representing the older people of northern Uganda, questioned whether this is possible as parliamentarians are superior to staff.

15 Obore agreed with the Hon. Mavenjina.

16 “By hierarchy, you are our superiors, you can’t see that we are supervising or monitoring what our bosses are doing, but when this issue came up, we double-checked and found the information there,” Obore said.

17 Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, MP for Dokolo, said that although MPs are chief staff, Parliament staff are technical and there is no contradiction in advising MPs. “I see no contradiction in a member of staff writing to the person concerned or to the Secretary of Parliament, to say that I have observed this type of behavior and that some action may need to be taken.” Ogwall said.

18 Obore added: “We believe that as a national leader, you have a conviction of what good government is, you can relate to your peers, disagree, debate with them without getting excited or vulgarized,” she said.

19 To close, Fr. Onen acknowledged Obore’s recommendation and said the committee would be interested.

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