Opposition MPs Storm out of Parliament over ‘SFC Soldiers’
Uganda’s opposition MPs have stormed out a parliamentary sitting over September 27 raid of the house by elite Special Forces Command (SFC)
Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kiira Municipality) led the opposition MPs out of the house.
Ssemujju had demanded that deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah includes the debate the September 27 SFC raid of Parliament on the order paper.
On September 27, SFC officers raided parliament and ejected opposition MPs opposed to age limit removal.
The MPs had sung down the age limit motion by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi.
But Oulanyah ruled: “Whoever has any amendments to the constitution should take them before the committee, we so far have two amendments, one on land and the other on age limit cap.”
“It will be easier for the house if all amendments were before the committee.”
The MPs moved out.
Oulanyah’s one-sided plenary then debated the motion for a resolution of Parliament to authorise government to borrow US$14.4 million from the African Development Bank.
The loan will support multinational Lake Victoria Maritime communications and transport project.
Oulanyah referred this motion to the National Economy Committee.
Other issues handled were: a petition by fishmongers and residents of Kioga county, Amolatar district; and the Second reading of the Anti-Counterfeiting Goods Bill, 2015.
NO AGE LIMIT BILL
Meanwhile, Oulanyah’s plenary did not handle the age limit bill as highly anticipated.
Right from the start, the bill was not on the order paper.
Today, MPs returned from consulting their constituents on the contentious bill.