In the past year, the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, encouraged MPs to unite and transform the House into a people-oriented institution. However, some members of Parliament have failed to see eye-to-eye, with reconciliation efforts proving futile as they continue to clash.
For instance, the tension between Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi stems from a deep-seated conflict within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Consequently, Ssemujju was replaced as the FDC party whip in Parliament by Yusuf Nsibambi.
Another rift exists between Speaker Among and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake. This feud escalated when Zaake publicly criticized Among and Parliament on several issues. Although Zaake lost his position on the Parliamentary Commission due to this conflict, the court later reinstated him.
Additionally, Zaake faced a fresh inquiry for allegedly defaming Rakai District Woman MP Juliet Kinyamatama. The tension between them remains unresolved, with Kinyamatama insisting that Zaake’s defamatory remarks should be made public.
In a separate incident, Zaake added Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa to his list of MPs with whom he refuses to interact. He accused Tayebwa of suspending him from Parliament without providing any reasons.
The friction also extended to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja and General Duties Minister Justine Kasule Lumumba, with Nabbanja publicly criticizing Lumumba for traveling to the United States without her approval. This conflict has prompted senior officials from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to call for reconciliation.
Meanwhile, Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees, Hilary Obaloker Onek, expressed his intention to resign due to what he considered excessive micromanagement by Prime Minister Nabbanja. This led to an exchange of accusations between the two.
The relationship between Kira Municipality MP Ssemujju and Prime Minister Nabbanja is also strained, as Ssemujju often criticizes the Prime Minister both inside and outside Parliament.
Vice-President Jessica Alupo and State Minister for Sports Peter Ogwang are among MPs recommended for reconciliation due to political tensions related to local politics.
In Koboko Municipality, Dr. Charles Ayume defeated State Minister for Investment Evelyn Anite, creating political enmity between the two.
In Mityana, Mityana District Woman MP Joyce Bagala unseated Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba, leading to ongoing political differences.
Lastly, Speaker Among and Joel Ssenyonyi, the chairperson of the Parliament’s committee on commissions, statutory authorities, and state enterprises (COSASE), have been at odds over the committee’s performance.
Despite these conflicts, some experts advise MPs to separate political disputes outside Parliament from their legislative work, focusing on issues of national importance within the House.