Gen Tumwine, NRM MPs laud SFC raid, ‘biased speaker’

Elly Tumwine

UPDF general and MP Elly Tumwine has joined the ruling party National Resistance Movement [NRM] legislators in praising Special Forces Command [SFC] soldiers for evicting opposition MPs suspended by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

According to Tumwine, the 25 MPs had abused their immunity by engaging in violence and criminality, disrupting parliament business in their quest to block the presentation of a motion to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution.

“How far does the immunity act provide for a member of parliament to break doors, property of parliament, threaten to kill a person? How far does the immunity go?” Gen Tumwine is quoted by Uganda Radio Network as saying.

He accused opposition MPs of degrading and dehumanising the flag of the nation for which they shed blood, wondering how a single motion could cause chaos in the House even when the bill is not yet tabled.

“I have never experienced the Speaker being tested and stretched to the point you were,” he said while submitting a motion in which NRM MPs lauded Kadaga for allowing soldiers to eject MPs.

He added: I had never experienced that even us of the security forces who are not always victims of excitement and provocation and mistakes of politicians are now victims and asked. What did you fight for?”

NRM MPs laud Kadaga

Privatisation minister, Evelyn Anite, was among those who praised the speaker for removing “hooligans” from parliament and restoring sanity.

She even suggested that the speaker makes the MPs return with their parents as it is done is secondary schools.

The State minister for Urban Planning Isaac Musumba practically moved a motion to recognise the skilful manner in which Kadaga steered Wednesday’s sitting of the House.

In his motion seconded by Usuk Member of Parliament Peter Ogwang, Musumba called unique and historic the sitting in which Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP moved his motion seeking leave of the House to table a Private Member’s Bill to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution.

But the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, condemned Kadaga for pretending to be neutral as a speaker yet she is a biased NRM cadre.

“…quite the pretence, we know you are not neutral,” Kiiza told the speaker.