By Max Patrick Ocaido
PARLIAMENT. Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has called upon fellow legislators to pray for Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa, the newly appointed chairperson of committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).
Last week, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Patrick Amuriat Oboi made a major reshuffle in the FDC cabinet at Parliament where he among others dropped Winfred Kiiza (Kasese District) and replaced her with Gulu Municipality Woman MP Betty Aol Ochan. He also dropped Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu as COSASE chair and replaced him with Mubarak Munyagwa- an appointment that has been mocked by many Ugandans on social media.
While congratulating the newly appointed FDC MPs, Ruth Nankabirwa specifically cited the appointment of Munyagwa, warning him of the huge task ahead in a bid to fit in the ‘big’ shoes of his predecessor Abdu Katuntu.
“Hon Katuntu is one person I would like to thank and congratulate. We need constructive criticism not destructive. Therefore, honourable members, Munyagwa needs our prayers because he is taking a very serious position,” Nankabirwa said as MPs burst into laughter.
Nankabirwa did not spare Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante who was appointed as COSASE vice chairperson, replacing Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among.
“As for you Hon Kasibante, we have been here for some time so don't hesitate to consult us.”
Nevertheless, Nankabirwa thanked the FDC leadership for replacing Winfred Kiiza with a fellow woman [Aol] saying that new appointment will continue to benefit women.
“Hon Betty, you have replaced a powerful lady like yourself and I am sure you will also perform like Hon Winfred or even better. Government will give you all the necessary support because these positions are in our laws,” Nankabirwa said.
In September last year during the age limit debate, Munyagwa cracked the House when he rose on point of order urging the Speaker to reign on Nankabirwa for sexually ‘assaulting’ him by constantly exposing her breasts to him.
“Procedure madam speaker…the way the government whip dresses…she leaves part of her breasts outside and it’s sexually harassing me,” he cried out, adding, “Is it right for a member to sexually harass another?”
Speaker Kadaga then cautioned honourable members on proper dressing and sitting to solve Munyagwa’s problem.