The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has accused the NRM government of disregarding the Parliamentary calendar by scheduling an NRM caucus retreat this week which clashes with Parliamentary business.
While communicating to the House on Tuesday morning, Kadaga noted that the upcoming retreat where NRM MPs as well as Independent-NRM leaning legislators who are the majority in the House will render Parliament redundant.
“We adjusted the program to sit this morning because I was made to understand that a number of Members are scattering to different places. In particular, a good number of Members are going for a retreat today,” Kadaga told legislators during the Tuesday morning plenary session.
Kadaga said that this move is so disrespectful to Parliament which issued a calendar with hope that political parties will always use the recess period to conduct their activities without disrupting Parliament business.
“I just want to say that we issued the Parliamentary calendar, I was hoping that government would use the recess period under the calendar so as not to disrupt our work,” she said.
“But since they continue to operate the way they want, so with the circumstances, our work will have to be disrupted and that is why I called you, thanks so much for coming,” Kadaga said.
The NRM retreat will commence on Wednesday March 13 at the National Leadership Training Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi and will last for seven days.The retreat will be presided over by the President and the NRM National Chairman, Yoweri Museveni.
Museveni’s sole candidature in the forthcoming 2021 presidential elections is also expected to be endorsed.The retreat is organized under the theme; ‘Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity’.
On Monday, the NRM Caucus Chairperson, Solomon Silwanyi revealed that the retreat is expected to discuss the role of industrialization for job creation and shared prosperity so as to reduce the number of Ugandans who are in subsistence economy.