Petroleum Bill Debate: Rules Committee Commences Investigations

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The parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline has kicked off its investigations into the disruption of the House proceedings on Tuesday, November 27.

The parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline has kicked off its investigations into the disruption of the House proceedings on Tuesday, November 27.
 
The committee received a letter containing the terms of reference from the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today before they started the assignment.

According to the letter read to the committee by the chairperson Fox Odoi, the committee is expected to identify members responsible for disrupting the proceedings, those that attempted to grab the mace from Sergeant at Arms and those that could have exhibited gross disorderly behaviour including rowdy conduct and heckling.

The committee is also required to cause the affected members to appear before the committee to defend themselves and to make recommendations and report to parliament by December 3.

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Bu the members of the committee said the time that the Speaker gave them is not enough to cover all those issues. Busiro East MP Medard Ssegona said it is not practical for the committee to carryout investigations that involve giving people fair hearing in three days.

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The MPs urged the leadership of the committee to ask the Speaker to be given more time in order to come out with a comprehensive report. They also consider asking the speaker to review her decision of suspending parliamentary business saying that there are other issues which are not controversial that can be handled in the meantime.

Kadaga on Wednesday suspended the house and ordered for the investigations into the misconduct of the MPs that saw her suspend the proceedings on Tuesday during the debate over one of the oil bills.