Ssegona, Niwagaba arrested trying to access Kadaga

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Hon Niwagaba Wilfred blocked at the entrance of parliament [Photo by Nicholas Bamulenzaki]

Legislators Medard Ssegona and Wilfred Niwagaba have been arrested on their way to serve the Speaker with a court order.

Ssegona and Niwagaba were arrested at parliament as they tried to access the house to serve Speaker Rebecca Kadaga with a court injunction barring the age limit debate.

The legislators were dragged onto a police van by the Parliament Police and whisked away.

The court order seeks the Speaker and Attorney General to appear before High Court at 2PM over suspended MPs.

When the six suspended members and their lawyer Mayor Erias Lukwago showed up at parliament, they were blocked from entering.

As security officer was heard saying “PPS is coming” as MPs tried to force their way to through the Parliament gate.

“You have no powers of stopping an MP from accessing Parliament. Under which law are you stopping us?” an MP asked the security officer.

Deputy attorney general Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana said as MPs, they are free to come back and debate but once they say they are coming to serve the speaker, there is a problem.

“It’s prohibited by the law. No one can serve process within the precincts of parliament according to the rules of procedure.”

He added: “They were not blocked as MPs, they were purporting to serve the documents to the Speaker and I as lawyers. If they want to serve the documents to the Speaker, they can wait for her outside Parliament.”

Speaker Kadaga has suspended the house for 30 minutes to allow the Clerk arrange for the next step which will take at least 7 hours.

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