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MPs checked thoroughly at Parliament

Several FDC big wigs attended the burial of Mathias Mpuga’s father.



Security personnel made it extremely difficult for the 25 legislators suspended from Parliament last week to access Parliamentary premises.

 

Even buildings rented near Parliament that house offices of the affected legislators have been made inaccessible.

Last week, Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, suspended majority MPs opposed to the amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution to lift the Presidential age limit.

Kadaga said the suspended MPs misbehaved and wanted to stage a coup against Parliament.

The names of the suspended legislators have been displayed at the main entrance of Parliament and MPs who want to access Parliament have to first identify themselves. At every gate, vehicles are thoroughly checked.

The suspended MPs shall miss three sittings. But tomorrow, the motion to support the discussion to allow amending Article 102(b) is expected to be tabled in Parliament for first reading.

Meanwhile, former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has said civil disobedience will defeat the age limit bill and urged the public to wear red attires tomorrow as the age limit bill is tabled in Parliament for the first reading.

The FDC strongman was speaking at the burial of Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpunga’s father Vincent Nsamba in Masaka yesterday.

Besigye’s comments follow heightened tension at Parliament as the House readies for the first reading of the contentious age limit bill.

MP Ssewanyana blocked
Today, towards lunch time, Allan Ssewanyana, the Makindye West legislator and KCCA councillors, were blocked from proceeding to Parliament.

The group wanted to seek explanation from Speaker Kadaga why she ordered security agents to forcefully evict and beat Ssewanyana.

Police arrested some demonstrators and they are currently detained at Katwe Police Station.

Dr Kizza Besigye (centre) was among several mourners who attended the burial of Mzee Nsamba in Masaka.

Living in fear
Meanwhile, some NRM legislators told PML Daily that they are living in fear after those opposed to lift the age limit incited the public to beat them.

Over the weekend, MPs Judith Nabakooba and State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda survived being lynched by angry local residents who reportedly accused them of supporting the age limit bill.

They had gone to attend a community meeting convened by the district chairman, Joseph Luzige. In Lyantonde district, James Kakooza also survived being lynched, when he appeared at the burial of MP Mpunga’s father.

 

 

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