Kassanda South MP, Simeo Nsubuga, on Tuesday cried out to the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Jacob Oulanyah, over an ugly episode that saw him humiliated on Monday.
While attending the 24th coronation of Buganda King, Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II in Mubende district, Nsubuga was attacked by a one William Ntege aka Kyuma Kya Yesu and badly manhandled.
The youth who accused him of championing the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit clause, gripped Nsubuga’s neck in an effort to strangle him.
During Tuesday plenary, Nsubuga told the deputy speaker that he was attacked by a journalist over his views on age limit.
“The journalist that attacked me is now in Police custody, but we need security,” Nsubuga told Oulanyah.
Rubaga North Member of Parliament, Moses Kasibante, chirped in saying the matter that MP Nsubuga “is raising is not a matter of national importance, for it is about him”.
Feeling offended, MP Nsubuga protested saying there is a deliberate move by “our members of opposition to attack us” but suggested that Parliament needs to issue a statement.
Oulanyah who had maintained his silence as the two legislators exchanged words, now decided to end the drama once and for all.
Oulanyah turned to Nsubuga and advised: “Please don’t go spreading things, that are not yet with you, avoid debating in anticipation”.
This was in reference to a ban on the similar subject issued by the Speaker of Parliament after MPs complained they were receiving death threats over age limit talk.
“Leave the drama for national theatre opposite us, we are in Parliament,” Oulanyah said, thinking he had closed the racket.
This was a premature assumption because Kania Mario Obiga, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, had not yet had his say on the matter.
“We do recognise our role in providing the security for Members of Parliament,” Minister Obiga said.
Kira Municipality MP, Ssemujju Nganda, could not let this go without his comment as well: “We heard that minister for constitutional affairs was attacked and this wasn’t the work of the opposition.”
Minister Kahinda Otafiire who was baptised and hit with water bottles at a Namboole meeting of local government leaders, was also present in the house.
He said: “Those that poured water on my suit were actually members of the opposition more so FDC.”