MP Ogwal Raises Red Flag Over Security Presence In Chambers
Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal has tasked Parliament to explain the presence of armed security personnel during plenary sittings.
Ogwal, who raised the matter during the sitting on February 9, 2017, questioned why the officers, who stood in different positions in the public gallery, chose to appear with guns. She noted that it was bound to create fear and tension amongst members of the public, who occupy the public gallery during debate in the House.
She demanded that they are withdrawn.
“The strangers’ gallery should remain a strangers’ gallery and not for the Police. They should leave,” Ogwal stated.
However, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah downplayed her concerns, stating that the police officers were present to provide security to different Very Important People (VIPs) in the House, including the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.
A visibly annoyed Oulanyah instead advised Ogwal to address such matters quietly with the Sergeant-at-Arms instead of addressing the matter in the House.
“Honorable member, when the President comes to the House, his security officers take over this place. The Vice President has his own security by virtue of his position. So why should we make it an issues yet it can be resolved? Let us not blow an issue that can be resolved,” Oulanyah stated.
The matter was later dropped for discussion.