There was tension in parliament on Tuesday as the presidential age limit bill report was expected to be debate in the house after its compilation by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga opened the session by kicking all non-parliamentary security officers out of the house and its premises.
Kadaga then ordered opposition MPs to remove their red caps and kicked Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana out of the chambers for wearing a red overall.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kizza, and Mityana MP Francis Zaake, recalled the September trauma that saw the president’s elite guards beat up MPs and demanded that President Museveni is called to account.
Other MPs led by Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga tasked deputy attorney general, Mwesigwa Rukutana, and Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to explain Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kutesa’s bribery scandal that rocked US.
Amid all this hullabaloo and tension, Army representative, Maj Gen Pecos Kuteesa, who was not even listening to what was going on, pulled out his iPad and started playing cards—Solitaire.
The soldier was pictured somewhere in the middle of the game, quietly smiling and playing his heart out.
A whole UPDF General playing Solitaire on his iPad in Parliament during a plenary session on December 12, 2017, has since become a topic of social media debate.
On his left was another MP reading the House’s Rules of procedure which would require all legislators to be at their best behaviour in the chambers.
Gen Kuteesa is not the first. In 2014, MPs received free iPads from parliament to help them go through parliamentary documents and save on paper.
They were even called up to get trained, although less than 10 attended, with the rest choosing to rush to State House to witness the president sign the anti-gay law.
The MPs set out to put the gadgets to some really good use, playing games.
Katerera County MP Hatwib Katoto was caught playing Solitaire during the defence committee meeting on his new iPad.