Thursday, March 5, 2015
Meeting with Parliament's Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Friends International – Uganda,
Thursday, 5th March, 2015.
The Right Honourable Speaker,
Parliament of the Republic of Uganda,
Plot 16-18 Parliament Avenue,
P.O Box 7178, Kampala, Uganda.
Dear Madam Speaker,
Re: Meeting with the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
On Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015, we, the Complainants, in the Complaint Against the Under-Performance of the Law Development Centre, currently undergoing investigation by this august House, had the benefit and pleasure of appearing before the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to present our submissions in the matter.
It was a very wonderful experience appearing before and interacting with the Honourable Committee Members. They listened to us attentively, were quite knowledgeable of the issues at hand, and were pleasantly and informatively engaging. In all honesty, it was an afternoon well spent. We thank very much the Committee Members for their constructive interaction with us.
On a sad note however, Committee Members unanimously took exception to my letter addressed to you, entitled ‘Questionable Integrity of the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,’ dated Friday, 27th February, 2015. They also expressed displeasure and reservations in the annexure accompanying it, entitled, ‘The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is Unserious, Biased and Just a Joke,’ dated Thursday, 26th February, 2015, reporting on the Committee’s proceedings of Wednesday, 25 February 2015. After a thorough and exhaustive discussion of these documents, we realized that the documents arose out of a misunderstanding of the Committee and its membership.
I therefore wish to retract the letter, and the annexure to it, and I hereby do so. We are very sorry to the Committee, and especially, the Members personally affected. Please, forgive us.
Madam Speaker, we also apologize to you for casting your Honourable Committee into disrepute. Please, forgive us.
Otherwise, the meeting was very educative and fruitful. It was indeed a privilege, and an honour, to appear before the Committee. We hope it grants our prayers in the complaint and submissions.
Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
c.c. The Right Honourable Deputy Speaker of Parliament
c.c. Clerk to Parliament
c.c. Chairperson, Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
c.c. Honorable Oboth Marksons Jacob