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Democratic Party Advocates for Changes to Parliamentary Rules Amid Controversy



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The Democratic Party (DP) has urged for amendments to the parliamentary rules of procedure to grant political parties more authority over their members occupying parliamentary positions. This call for change comes in light of recent disputes involving attempts by the National Unity Platform (NUP) leadership to replace Nyendo-Mukungwe Division MP, Mathias Mpuuga, as Parliamentary Commissioner.

The NUP sought to replace Mpuuga with Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, triggering a standoff as Mpuuga refused to vacate his position. The current parliamentary rules of procedure afford political parties limited influence in such matters.

Addressing the media at the party’s headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday, DP secretary-general, Mr. Gerald Siranda, elaborated on the situation. He emphasized that under the existing rules, Mpuuga retains the right to maintain his position despite the disagreement with his party’s stance.

Siranda stressed that the final decision lies with Mpuuga, who must determine whether to abide by his party’s directive and step down. However, he also recommended that MPs advocate for amendments to the rules to empower political parties with greater authority in determining the positions held by their parliamentary representatives.

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