- April 8, 2021
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U-Turn: Kadaga, Oulanyah Invited For NRM Retreat In Kyankwanzi
The national resistance movement (NRM) party has invited the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy Jacob Oulanya to make presentations at the retreat for newly elected MPs that kicks off today.
According to the Director Communications at the NRM Secretariat, Emmanuel Dombo, if the duo confirm their attendance, they will each make separate presentations on various topics.
The party yesterday conducted covid-19 tests for all MPs slated to attend the retreat as a pre-requisite to attend the retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.
Dombo noted that Kadaga will make a presentation on the role of parliament in service delivery, while Oulanya will present on decorum.
Dombo says that presentations by both Kadaga and Oulanya are scheduled for the second week because the party will use the first week to take MPs through the Cadre Development Course.
The minister of education and first lady Janet Museveni is also expected to make a presentation on integrity and governance.
Last Week, the deputy NRM Secretary-General, Richard Todwong revealed that Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah who are both vying for the speakership position will not attend the party retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.
Todwong said the two-week retreat will only be attended by the newly elected MPs and that the incumbents will not be allowed to attend the retreat.
“Because of the current tight parliamentary schedule, the incumbent NRM Members of Parliament numbering 137 and the independent NRM-leaning MPs numbering 18 who got re-elected to the 11th parliament will not be attending the session of the leadership retreat,” Todwong said.
Todwong said that the retreat will therefore be attended by a total of 243 newly elected NRM MPs plus the 27 Central Executive Committee members and those from the East African Legislative Assembly.
while commenting on the fate of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah , Todwong said both of them will not attend the retreat since they have to chair parliamentary proceedings.
“We were guided out of consultation from the parliamentary commission that helped us understand the timetable of parliament and the speaker chaired meetings. It was from parliament that were were advised that the current Members of Parliament will not be able to attend because there is a constitutional requirement to pass the national budget. Definitely parliament can’t sit minus the speaker and deputy speaker, the Speaker and deputy speaker will not be able to attend the retreat because the business of parliament must continue.” Todwong said.