At least 50 MPs have so far voted for the impeachment of Jacob Oulanya as Deputy Speaker as many accuse him of staying silent when parliament was under attack from the other two arms of government.
The collection of the 50 signatures are still far from the required one-third of about 150 members of the house. NRM MPs are however optimistic to raise the remaining 100 signatures before closure of the week.
According to the parliamentary rules of procedure, 97(1)(a), a motion for a resolution to oust the Speaker or the Deputy from office shall be moves on a seven day’s notice signed by not less than one third of the MPs and that missive will be given to the clerk.
Oulanya is being castigated for maintaining neutrality while parliament was under fire from both the public and other arms of government over the shs 10b. Sources say, pro-Kadaga MPs are just ganging up on the Deputy Speaker just to exert pressure on him so that he doesn’t stand in ‘their’ way in case another motion is passed. A member of parliament from the NRM who hails from Acholi told Ekyooto that the ongoing battle is political. “The house suspects that Oulanya may want to run for Speaker in the next election and so the best time to tame him is now,” she says.
It should be recalled that the Deputy Speaker was among the first legislators to refund the troubled shs 20m covid package. He reportedly handed it over to the district taskforce, something that the NRM MPs stress was unfair.