“Has this article been tested in this region? Can a court in Arusha say, ‘parliament close?’. That is why i want to find out the jurisdiction of the Court & will give my ruling. Let us proceed with the report” – Speaker Rt. Rebecca Kadaga
Today, the 18th December 2017, the Parliament was prepared for a rally and race against time to deliver a second and a third reading of the Constitutional Amendment Number 2, the Raphael Magyezi Private bill. The bill which just done in the Legal and Constitutional Committee. The Second Reading was starting and also the questions about the majority Report. While, there was no sight or follow up of a minority report from the opposition to the bill.
There was strangers in plain clothes. The rumored Special Forces Command was there again. The sanctity of the chambers is lost after the previous battle for the first reading of the same bill. This time it had no violence or expulsion of that kind. Still, not long into the debate, the opposition sung the National Anthem, as they we’re afraid of the plain-clothed security guards. That within reasons, last time they we’re there, they took the opposition out like trash and hurt them too!
Fist that was proven, was the bill had never been tested if it could fit the laws of the East African Court. The Legal and Constitutional Committee has not delivered anything on it, either has any other state actor or Member of Parliament. Therefore, the Opposition MPs tried to stop the debate until that happen. The Speaker just took it to consideration and moved on.
The Speaker then continued insulting Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju for not delivering a minority report. Since he is sitting in the committee and is opposition. While he questioned the authenticity of the bill, since it was not produced.
After that the Majority report is read, when it is questioned by the MP Hon. Karuhanga, who wants to follow rules and the rules are that reports are supposed to be read for three days and then debated. Here it is just delivered on the first day. The Speaker rules that the report was uploaded last week, therefore, the rule Karuhanga raised does not apply. So he was silenced while using another stalling tactic.
After some chaos and different noise inside the chamber. The speaker suspended the debate and would open again later at 2 PM. Soon after, she suspended Ssemujju, Karuhanga, Akol, Odur and Sewanyana. These we’re six MPs suspended from appearing on the later debate and plenary session.
Since the Speaker was not after re-starting the plenary sessions was not listening to grievances from the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza and other MPs. Kadaga was just brushing them-off and saying we have to move-on. We need the second reading, this procedures can await. If people we’re wrongly designated or even added on wrongly to committee. That can wait. The reading of the report and the bill cannot. Since that occurred, the LoP and Opposition stormed out of the Parliament, while the other MPs took their places, since many was standing already. So after being out for about an hour, they came back and then the debate had to stop, so the NRM MPs was moved back in their own seats and standing places. Since the Opposition has their seats in the chambers.
After that the discussion the 201b ensured during the later part of the session. As MPs was discussing it, Kahinda Otafiire was heckling and trying to stop MPs for addressing it. He was working hard and several MPs was saying he was impatience and stressed about it.
In the end after a horrible day in Parliament. The Plenary Session was suspended the second time for problems with the microphone and it will continue tomorrow. Certainly, the plans of dipping through with little issues was stopped. Still, the Parliament and the rules are put into safeguard from a hostile takeover. Even as the National Resistance Movement are trying their best to deliver to their master and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu MP said this about today events:
“It has been such a long day and tommorow is probably going to be even longer. If there is any time that our Country needs our prayers and efforts, it’s now. Some shameless people are bent on raping our constitution and we must stop them.The house is adjourned till tommorow at 10:00am. All I can say now is;Jah give I strength and wisdom to handle this situation. #Togikwatako” (Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, 18.12.2017).
Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has really lost her mind and showed disgraceful attitude and also disrespect of the chambers, as she let again strangers appear and not following procedure. She has no troubling violating the guidelines and the codes of conduct. As long as she delivers what is needed. No pride and no glory, only creating a law at gun-point. Since there was Military Police at the National Theater down the road. To ensure that the chaos didn’t erupt and no-one wanting to demonstrate near-by. Peace.