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Mulyagonja: I’m Ready To Faceoff With Parliament

The Inspector General of Government (IGP), Justice Irene Mulyagonja has said that she is ready to faceoff with the Parliamentary Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline to explain the contents in the letter she wrote requesting Internal Security Organisation (ISO) to investigate MPs on the Committee on Commissions Statutory and State Enterprises (COSASE) over alleged bribery during the recent Bank of Uganda (BoU) probe.

In the letter, Mulyagonja asked ISO boss, Kaka Bagyenda to investigate the former COSASE chairperson Abdu Katuntu, his Deputy, Anita Among, Aruu South MP Odonga Otto and Elija Okupa (Kasiro County) over allegation of receiving a bribe from business man Sudhir Ruparelia at the time the Committee was investigating the Central Bank on the closure of seven defunct banks.

Mulyagonja’s letter irked Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who described it as an attack on the independence of Parliament and tasked the Committee to investigate her.

“I believe that this letter and contents are an attack on the dignity, immunity and indeed an affront on the dignity on all members of this House as guaranteed in the Parliament, Administrations Act and I condemn in the strongest terms possible.  I will not allow anyone as long as I am the Speaker allow anyone to blackmail this House,” Kadaga said.

Responding to Kadaga today, Mulyagonja said that although she hasn’t received official communication about the probe, she is ready to face off with the Committee.

 “I heard about it, I am therefore now waiting for a communication from Parliament; I respect Parliament very much because I report to them and I have the utmost respect for the Speaker. If I am summoned to that committee to respond why I referred this matter to ISO for investigation, I reserve the right to keep silent, so I will not make any comments but what you should know is that I am waiting to be asked for that information officially, then I will respond,” Mulyagonja said.

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