Parliament Co-Opts Committees For In-depth Probe Into Kasese Clashes
Parliament has resolved to allow more members of Parliament to be co-opted on to the Defence and Internal Affairs committee to investigate the persistent clashes and killings in Kasese district.
The resolution was made by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on December 1, 2016, during debate on the recent Kasese killings, which left close to 50 royal guards dead and hundreds arrested after a joint security operation on the palace of the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom, Charles Wesley Mumbere.
The House continued debate on the clashes in the district, with a number of legislators demanding for a select committee of Parliament, to hold parallel investigations into the clashes, the second within this year after similar clashes occurred after the February 2016 elections.
MPs from Kasese, particularly Atkins Katusabe, Bukonzo West MP and Robert Centenary, Kasese Municipality MP noted that having a select committee will help to thoroughly investigate the history of the clashes.
However, Kadaga declined, stating that the Defence committee was given a task before the 9th Parliament closed, to investigate the post-election clashes. She said since the committee report has not been tabled yet and investigations underway, it would be prudent that five members from different committees are added onto the Defence committee to carry out the probe.
The decision was approved, with the committee tasked to present their report before Parliament breaks off for the Christmas break.