MPs Seek Audience With President On Kasese Clashes
Members of Parliament on the Defence and Internal Affairs committee are seeking for more time to conclude its investigations on the recent killings in Kasese district.
The Speaker of Parliament co-opted five members from different committees to join the Defence committee in investigating the circumstances that led to the attack on the King of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere’s palace by both UPDF and police forces.
Kadaga in her directive also asked the committee to table its report before the House by December 21st 2016, before the House breaks off for Christmas recess.
The committee last week traveled to Kasese, Bundibugyo, Kabarole and Ntoroko districts and held meetings with security personnel in Kasese, including the operation commander, Brigadier Peter Elwelu and local leaders. The committee did not however meet MPs from the area.
The committee has so far met Chief of Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala, Ministry of Security, Brigadier Henry Tumukunde and Internal Affairs minister, General Jeje Odong, among others.
Addressing the media at Parliament on December 19, 2016, the committee chairperson and Mityana Woman MP, Judith Nabakooba, said due to failure by the committee to meet key witnesses like the President and Omusinga Mumbere, they require more time to hold these meetings and get their views on the clashes in Kasese.
“These key informants were brought up by members of the committee. They said we cannot proceed without doing wider consultations and wider investigations. They want us to present concrete report with recommendations and is meaningful to Parliament and Ugandans at large,” Nabakooba stated.
She said she will meet with the Speaker to discuss on the extension time and also to seek guidance regarding consultations with Omusinga Mumbere. “We were advised that it is sub judice so we want to meet the Speaker over this because members insist that we should speak to him,” she added.