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Speaker asks Museveni to explain raid on parliament

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – Uganda’s speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked President Museveni to explain the circumstances  that led to the raid on parliament by plain-clothed security operatives believed to be presidential guards on September 27.

The security violently dragged members of parliament opposed to the lifting of the 75-year cap of presidency out of the parliamentary chambers.

In an October 23 letter to President Museveni, copied to the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs, Inspector General of Police and Commander of the Special Forces Command, the Speaker demanded for answers on identities of the operatives involved in the September intrusion, the motive and purpose for their deployment.

“I have had the opportunity to view (closed-circuit television) camera footages of what transpired and noticed people in black suits and white shirts, who are not part of the parliamentary staff or the staff of the Sergeant-at-Arms, beating members,” Speaker Kadaga noted in her letter to the President.

The chaotic scene started after the MPs who stopped the debate on the proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to amend the constitution and allow President Museveni stand again 2021.

President Museveni, currently, 73 will not be legible stand in 2021 because he will be 77 years. The opposition says the proposed amendment intends to benefit Museveni who has been in power since 1986.

Kadaga, also wants to know why they manhandled, arrested and detained Members of Parliament. Ms Kadaga also asked for the particulars of the operation commander.

She added: “I am, therefore, seeking an explanation to the identity, mission and purpose of the unsolicited forces. I am also seeking an explanation about why they assaulted the members of Parliament … [and] an explanation why the members were arrested and transported and confined at police stations.”

The MPs were later released, although some remain under police investigation.

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1 comment

rezen Nov 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Subject: “Speaker asks Museveni to explain raid on parliament, BY Tom Mugisha, Nov 2, 2017

Commentary, 2 Nov 2017
We all understand the FORMALITY in parliaments that they go through the process of addressing the issue. It is for the preservation of formal parliamentary decision and documentation, not only for any judiciary requirements but also for HISTORY. So: The Speaker of Parliament, The Honourable Madame Rebecca Kadaga is on the right track to follow the issue i.e. ask pertinent questions, and hopefully, arrive at the logical formal conclusion — unheard of in Africa.

In that scenario, refreshingly, the AFRICAN FEMALE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT, Madame Rebeca Kadaga, will stamp an event of History, in a civilized and democratic manner, unheard of in Africa.

In any case, I am sad to say the above scenario is just hallucination on my part, in its crudest form. We Africans are, after all, talking about our “Africa”. We are daring to challenge (in a civil manner!!!) an absolute Dictator who wouldn’t bat an eye: a) to put the entire parliament into prison; or b) liquidate those individuals who are thought to be leaders and instigators; or c) even worse than that: arousing the emotion of people for self-destruction!!!

Dear Reader: Don’t sneer at the above possibilities. Think of neighbouring Rwanda and the eight-hundred thousands (800,000) innocent, emotional human beings, who were aroused and blindly massacred each other. Repeat: EACH OTHER. The culprits are still alive, healthy and wealthy and armed with blind followers. .

Now, Dear Reader, tell the Truth to YOURSELF: Did it ever cross your mind that such a massacre [close to one million people] would ever take place in just one country, in Africa? It didn’t, but it happened – and it will happen again, and again, and again …….

Only diabolical Dictators [regardless of their Race] know that it can happen – and in their devilish eyes, it should happen when the people do not obey their whims and decisions. AFRICA HAS OVER FIFTY DICTATORS of that diabolical nature!!! THE END

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