Kira municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Friday clashed with former army commander, Gen Elly Tumwine, over Independence Day celebrations slated to take place in Bushenyi district.
“We need to retreat and seat together for a better country,” Nganda told Tumwine while discussing the age limit debacle on NTV Friday morning.
Nganda said Tumwine and his group who think that Uganda is their estate, should retreat and deliver to the country.
“For them independence is a ceremony to celebrate in Kololo. I t has just become a ceremonial exercise for Tumwine to just go and give speeches,” he said.
— Walter Mwesigye (@MwesigyeWalter) October 6, 2017
In his defence, Tumwine said the army has no interest of its own, the army’s interest is keeping Uganda stable.
Tumwine accused Nganda of promoting negativity. “I’m here sitting with your however much negative you want to portray me.”
He General added: “You can even accuse me. That is our first independence. You are free to say what you want to say.”
MPs accuse Katumba in loss of their money
Nganda who is part of Members of Parliament opposed to lifting of the presidential age limit, says they will continue with their protests as they return to parliament.
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) October 6, 2017
The 24 Members of Parliament returned to the house clad in red attire to show protest and dissatisfaction following their suspension by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to allow Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP move a motion proposing the scrapping of the presidential age limit.
The MPs have now been promised Shs20m each to go out and consult voters on the matter. Opposition has since rejected it.
“Each MP has to make a decision about the consultation money,” Nganda said on NTV.
He said as opposition MPs, they shall certainly return that money.
They have are now pressing the speaker for answers on 17 issues, according to a letter written by Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto and signed by 23 others.
They demand disciplinary action on State Minister for Works, Gen Katumba Wamala, who represents the army in parliament.
Katumba did not only look as Special Forces Command soldiers beat MPs but also took part and nearly killed Mityana MP Francis Zaake with punches.
The MPs now want Katumba to explain details of the security operatives that evicted them from as well as perpetuators of grenades being thrown at residences of Robert Kyagulanyi, Allan Ssewanyana and Moses Kasibante.
“On the 27th day of September 2017, militia some of them we clearly belonged to SFC accessed and/or invaded Parliament during the plenary sitting and forcefully evicted some Opposition Members of Parliament from the house,” Otto writes.
“We want to know who they were? Their full identities and particulars and under whose command they came?”
He said several Members of Parliament lost Ipads, phones and money. Hon. Odur Jonathan lost 10,000,000 shillings, Hon. Sewanyana Allan 2.000.000 shillings, Hon. Nsereko Muhamed 10.000.000 shillings, Hon. Olanya Gilbert lost the Parliamentary Ipad, Hon. Ocen Julius lost the Ipad and 2.000.000 shillings to “the militias and goons”.
“What is the institution of Parliament going to do about this given that even the institution of Parliament’s Ipads were stolen from some of the Members arrested?” he adds.