MPs sow confusion citing strangers in house

Hon Niwagaba speaks on case at EAC court

Plenary presided over by the Rt Hon Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has come to an abrupt halt after Members of Parliament cited the presence of “strangers” in the house.

Strangers reportedly entered the House but the Speaker explained that they are her bodyguards.

A section of Members of Parliament started singing the anthem as others refused to take their seats on the directive of the Speaker.

Proceedings in the House were disrupted as strangers are reportedly in.

The Leader of the opposition, Hon Winnie Kiiza, raided two procedural matters first related to security of members.

She said some of the members have noted the men who attacked them are in the room.

“We love you and we would not attack you. It would be good for members to debate freely.”

She added: “Wouldn’t it be procedurally correct for you to adjourn the proceedings so that the Speaker and the members can acquaint themselves with the effect of the court proceedings?”

Hon Mubarack Munyagwa had earlier alleged that Hon. Simeo Nsubuga threatened him by telling him there will be 17 guns in today’s sitting.

Kadaga said she will rule on the matter relating to court proceedings later, but the debate has to continue.

Uniformed Presidential Police Guards (PPG) and several Counter Terrorism (CT) police officers together with Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU) officers were seen at parliament.

Field Force Unit (FFU) police officers are deployed around the building and at the CHOGM gardens.

On Thursday last week, Kadaga ordered for a security review in the precincts of Parliament in fear of the September Special Forces Command (SFC) raid of parliament.