Speaker Kadaga: I want the link between Presidents’ Office and Parliament sealed off
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga while chairing Parliament yesterday afternoon directed that the link between the Presidents’ office and Parliament be sealed off following the 27th September 2017 raid.
She said that this entrance constitutes a danger to the precincts of parliament and directed the Sergeant at Arms to seal the entrance from the Parliamentary side.
“There is an access on the fourth floor of the Parliament Building leading to the Office of the President. It has been established that somebody can move from the Office of the President into Parliament without going through any security check.” said Kadaga.
Kadaga further directed that all the staff of Parliamentary Police must henceforth wear uniform with name tags.
This was carried in Kadaga’s communication to Members of Parliament two months after failing to get answers from President Yoweri Museveni about the identity of the plain clothed security personnel that stormed the Chambers.
On September 27th, security personnel rumored to be from the Special Forces Command (SFC) stormed parliament Chambers to eject 25 MPs who were earlier been suspended by Speaker Kadaga from three consecutive sittings.
The presence of the plain clothed men saw a fight breaking out between the MPs opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit cap in the Constitution and the security operatives. Microphone stands, cables, chairs where being used as fighting weapons in a scuffle the left several MPs injured while others remain hospitalized abroad.
The raid that was later owned up by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura came prior to the tabling of controversial Constitutional (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi. The Bill seeks to among others repeal Article 102 (b), which restricts the presidential age limits at between 35 and 75 years.
Kadaga Writes to President Yoweri Museveni
In her 23rd October letter to the President, Speaker Kadaga demanded President Museveni to identify the operatives involved in the raid on parliament, their motive and purpose for their deployment.
She also demanded an explanation why the security operatives assaulted MPs, confined them at different police stations and later released. Kadaga also asked the President to reveal the operation commander.
However, over one month later, President Museveni is yet to respond to Kadaga’s letter.