MPs don red war bands, dance on grave of age limit bill

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Opposition MPs don red bands [Photos credit Sadab Kitatta/The Observer]

Opposition Members of Parliament donned red bands around their heads after the collapse of today’s Parliamentary session where the presidential age limit bill was supposed to be tabled.

The legislators have taken oath not to let the age limit debate take place on gun point.

Kyaddondo County East MP Ssemujju Nganda vowed that they will never debate under gun point and the message has been sent out loud and clear to President Gen Yoweri Museveni.

He said the red bands are signals of blood and that they are ready for war.

Medard Sseggona Lubega a.k.a Kalyamaggwa (the one who eats thorns), the current MP for Busiiro East said he could be subdued because “I have no gun but I have the weapon of a conscience”.

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Paul Lutamaguzi Semakula, MP for Nakaseke County South said: “We are not RDCs, we are MPs. We are not going to allow to be under the armpits of the Executive.”

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Winnie Kiiza said the bill put the whole world in chaos.

“MPs have been denied access into their own House. What kind of country are we living in?” she wondered.

Kawempe South MP Hon. Mubarak Munyagwa, said despite the arrests and intimidation, the battle of today is not about numbers but who is right and white is wrong.

“No sensible person will support an upcoming dynasty. One that will be led by King Museveni,” he went on.

NRM MPs say age limit bill not ready

NRM’s Godfrey Ssubi Kiwanda, MP for Mityana County North, said the deployment was just a security measure. “Nothing out of the ordinary. It is the responsibility of the state.”

Kiwanda insisted there was no debate at all. “It’s just an introduction. It shouldn’t call for all this drama.”

According to Kiwanda, the bill is not ready, it’s just a motion presented on the floor after which member would be allowed to prepare the bill.

“I love NRM, I love President Museveni but I love my country more.”

Ntetwe County MP Joel Sebikali said the threat was caused by opposition.

“As Ugandans we need to be protected regardless which side we support,” Sebikali noted.

Chris Baryomunsi, the State Minister for Housing, says there is no scientific basis that limits someone at 75 or 80 from continuing with leadership.

Heckling by opposition

Earlier at parliament, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze tried to knock off Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga’s hat who was speaking to NTV.

Asked why she was dressed differently from other MPs, Nambooze said if the Constitution can be changed, why not her dress code.

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In house while MPs waited for the outcomes of the meeting with the Speaker and her deputy, opposition MPs raised dust and filled the house with chants divided between Ayivu County MP Bernard Atiku while the NRM side chanted Abiriga.

Opposition MPs persistently heckled Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah into adjourning the House.

He said it appears that the MPs were not willing to sit and the speaker was not willing to preside over a House that doesn’t want to sit. Opposition MPs appeared the happiest. They high-five each other.

They then heckled Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda when he said MPs are sitting comfortably due to the heavy deployments. He said incidences as reported by MPs shall be investigated.

MPs then broke into a song- the national anthem turning the house chaotic and forcing a helpless Oulanyah to laugh.

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