Rugunda explains security actions
In his response, the leader of Government Business in parliament and Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda justified the heavy deployment around parliament prompting heckling from opposition MPs and some independents.
“This debate has caused some bit of violence, tension and political excitement in some areas which could easily get out of hand. It is absolutely necessary for security organs to be on alert to ensure that preventive measures are taken to safe guard parliament and the country,” said Rugunda.
There was also drama in the house as Samuel Odonga Otto (Aruu North,FDC) moved a motion that one of the architects of the age limit motion, State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite (Koboko municipality) be dragged to the disciplinary committee and suspended from the house for eight years.
Aruu County MP Odonga Otto asked that the minister be taken to the parliamentary disciplinary committee for endangering lives of MPs purported to be supporting the lifting of presidential age limits.
Otto who raised a procedural issue under rule 163 said “Anite’s political antics are endangering lives of MPs” purported to be supporting the lifting of presidential age limits.
Otto accused Anite of publishing an attendance list of pro-age limit MPs in the media hence putting their lives in danger.
“Anite displayed an attendance list of MPs to the media and said that it was a list of those who had endorsed the lifting of the presidential age limit and as a result, a woman has this afternoon been attacked by a mob in down town Kampala, thinking that she was Juliet Ssuubi Kinyamatama (Rakai, NRM),” said Otto.
Several ministers, including the Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa had early in the day held an elaborate press conference to explain that cabinet supported the Age Limit motion.
The current laws on presidential elections mandates candidates be between 35 and 75.
In 2005 parliament passed a constitutional amendment removing presidential term limits which allowed Museveni to stand for a third, fourth and fifth term.
At the climax of the heated debate in Parliament, deputy speaker Oulanya decided to adjourn the house.
“There are two problems and they are big problems; one is that members are not ready to sit and the second problem is that the speaker is not ready to chair a parliament that does not want to sit. Therefore, this house is adjourned to Tuesday at 2:00 o’clock,” ruled Oulanya.