The Vice Speaker of Parliament, Mr Thomas Tayebwa, rejected reports that there was a rift between him and his boss, Anita Among.
Mr Tayebwa told parliament yesterday that he and the Speaker of Parliament have supported each other since his election and will continue to do so to carry out their tasks.
“I saw people I respect, some of them on TV yesterday (Monday) wrote doom for this House, declaring a divided House. When the analysts did their analyses, I was with the Speaker planning this House. We planned how I chaired,” he said.
“I'm not the Speaker, so why should I argue with her? The Speaker of Parliament has given me all the support I need and has gone beyond my duty to treat me like a brother, and I also treat her like a sister,” the vice speaker added.
Mr Taiebwa urged Ugandans as well as leaders to work in harmony, even when they disagree.
“I don't know when we're going to have a culture of getting used to people working together because it's in the minds of some people, [Muwanga] Kivumbi [Butambala County MP] does not work with the leader of the opposition in parliament [Mathias Mpuuga], [Dr Chris] Baryomonsi [Minister of ICT and National Guidance] does not work with [Musa] Ecveru [Minister of State for Works and Transport] … it (thinking) seems to be for sale,” he said.
Mr. Tayebwa's remarks came after Ms. Sered last week told the House of Representatives that her life was in danger and people watching her wanted to kill her. Ms. Among them asked Prime Minister Robin Nabbanj and interior minister, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafair, to expedite investigations into the allegations and report their findings within two weeks.
It also emerged that a key member of her security team fled to the United States. On Monday, President Museveni met with Mrs. Mizh and Mr. Tayebwa at the Entebbe State House, where he called for calm and assured the duo of safety.
Mr Tayebwa praised the 11th Parliament for its success in handling government business and passing laws.
He asked the Government to do more things, saying the House was ready to handle it.
“We demand business from the government because everything you gave us, we processed,” he said.
Meanwhile, parliament yesterday honoured a moment of silence during a plenary session to honor the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week at the age of 96. She was on the throne for 70 years. Parliament will hold a special session today to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for her leadership in the Commonwealth.
Mr Tayebwa urged MPs to learn leadership lessons from her illustrious board.
The House of Representatives also congratulated Mr. William Ruto on his election as Kenya's 5th President.