For lambasting the Parliamentary Appointments Committee that it “overstepped its mandate”, some NRM leaders want Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to face the party’s disciplinary committee or publicly apologise to the party for using “insulting” and “irresponsible” language.
Capt Francis Babu, NRM vice chairman for Kampala, and a member of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), has told The Observer that President Museveni, the chairman of NRM, should quickly summon a CEC meeting so that members caution the Prime Minister on his behaviour and the way he “treats and abuses people”.
“The other day, the Prime Minister called Ken Lukyamuzi (Rubaga South MP) an idiot. He also said MPs who are talking about Temangalo are imbeciles. This is unacceptable. You don’t abuse MPs like that,” Babu said.
Mbabazi attacked Lukyamuzi shortly after Parliament approved him for the position of Prime Minister. Lukyamuzi and other opposition MPs refused to participate in the process of approving Mbabazi, saying he was “not clean”. NRM’s Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central) also protested Mbabazi’s appointment as premier.
The angry Babu, whose misunderstanding with Mbabazi emanates from the way the latter, as secretary general, bypassed him in the selection of the NRM flag bearer for the Kampala mayoral race, argues that by publicly ridiculing Parliament’s Appointments Committee, chaired by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, Mbabazi showed disrespect and that he intended to weaken Parliament.
“If he had a complaint to make, he should have gone to the Speaker. But to come out in the media and water down the work of the committee, Mbabazi made a mistake and we have to prevail over him as a party,” Babu said.
“He should caution himself. In fact, it is Mbabazi who overstepped his mandate by criticising the work of Parliament because he is not anywhere in the line of fountain of honour, as a Prime Minister.”
During a handover ceremony where former premier, Apolo Nsibambi, gave Mbabazi instruments of power, the new Prime Minister said the Appointments Committee overstepped its mandate in rejecting some of the President’s ministerial nominees.
The committee rejected Saleh Kamba, James Kakooza, Mbabaali Muyanja and Nasser Sebaggala.
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