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MPs to summon parliament security officers over CCTV footage

FILE PHOTO: CCTV camera

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Rules, Discipline and Privileges Committee of parliament has resolved to summon security officers attached to parliament to explain errors in the CCTV footage pertaining a confrontation between Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine and Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal last week.

This follows a review of the CCTV footage submitted to the committee by the security officers on Tuesday captured on June 23rd 2019 in the corridors of the chamber.

The footage that lacks sound shows Gen. Tumwine walking towards Ogwal at 6:05 pm but Ogwal, who accuses the General of attacking her, is not captured clearly during the exchange.

It also does not show other MPs who were at the scene.

On Wednesday the Chairperson Clement Kenneth Ongalo-Obote told MPs that he had taken trouble to inspect the site where the incident occurred and ascertained that the positioning of the CCTV camera at the particular area is a matter of security concern since it leaves blind spots.

Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa raised a procedure matter demanding that the security officers managing the CCTV appear before the committee and explain the lapses in the recordings. Ongalo said that the committee will certainly have the officers appear and make an explanation.

Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu said that in the committee’s pursuit to find the truth behind the CCTV footage in relation to the incident, there is need for the credibility of the on-going process to be protected and parliament’s security system not to be exposed.

Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal while appearing before the committee stated that it was not surprising that the CCTV footage had been allegedly been doctored since Gen. Tumwine is Security Minister and could have ordered the footage to be doctored.

Amuru Woman MP Lucy Akello said that it is unbelievable that the camera did not capture Ogwal and other people at the scene since the incident happened right in front of the CCTV camera.

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