Hon. Nambooze appeals to the Speaker to shield Members of Parliament (MPs) from Police
During the plenary sitting yesterday, 20th February 2019, Hon. Betty Nambooze raised a matter of the safety of Hon. Allan Ssewanya, Makindye West Member of Parliament.
Hon. Ssewanya was arrested on Monday 18th February 2019 over accusations of attempting to forcefully close Kiruddu hospital and was later detained at Naggalama Police Station as reported by the Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango.
Concerned by Ssewanyana’s alleged illegal and over detention, Nambooze in deep dejection informed the chairing Speaker, Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah of the incident and the actions taken by the Uganda Police. She further accused the Police of reckless driving last year’s arrest of MPs; which caused her a spine injury and permanent disability.
Petitioning the Speaker, Nambooze requested him as the patron of MPs to set rules shielding MPs from being arrested without clearance from his Office.
On the same matter, Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi spoke about the arrest of members of the Democratic Party in Jinja including the party chairperson Nobert Mao.
The Speaker advised MPs to use courts of Law in matters of litigation as it was, in the case of the reported illegal detention of Hon. Ssewanyana. He directed Minister Kania Obiga Mario to step out of the House for an hour to investigate the presented matters.
Hon. Kania later informed the House that Ssewanyana had been released at 10:00am on police bond and committed to address the House on Mao’s arrest during the next sitting on Thursday 21st February 2019.