ea­tured im­age cour­tesy of Reuters.

 

 

The #Age­Limit de­bate has been met with a num­ber of hur­dles, with the op­po­si­tion ve­he­mently op­pos­ing the tabling of the mo­tion for three sit­tings.

On the fate­ful day, Par­lia­ment broke into chaos al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter Speaker Re­becca Kadaga gave her usual com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­fore the start of the sit­ting. As an­tic­i­pated, she sus­pended 24 MPs who had pre­vi­ously demon­strated the Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment mo­tion by MP Raphael Magyezi (Igara West) which seeks to among other things re­move the Pres­i­den­tial age limit, within the cham­bers throw­ing the house into may­hem.

Some of the MPs sus­pended in­clude; Al­lan Sse­wanyana (Makindye West), Mon­ica Amod­ing, Dr Sam Ly­omoki (Work­ers), Moses Ka­si­bante (Rubaga North), Betty Nam­booze (Mukono Mu­nic­i­pal­ity), Robert Kyag­u­lanyi (Kyadondo East), Mutebi (Mityana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity), Mo­hammed Nsereko (Kam­pala Cen­tral), Anang Odur, William Nzo­hgu, An­gelian Os­egge, Gilbert Olanyah, Wil­fred Ni­wagaba, Odonga Otto, Nan­dala Mafabi, Mubarak Mun­yangwa, John Bap­tist Nambeshe, Mb­wa­tekamwa, Mugume, Sewungu, Tin­kasi­imire, Muwanga Kivumbi and Medard Sseg­ona.

In ad­di­tion, Hon. Ronald Kibu­ule the Mukono North MP and the State Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment was also sus­pended for en­dan­ger­ing the lives of other mem­bers by en­ter­ing the house with a fire arm. The Speaker at­tempted to ex­on­er­ate Par­lia­men­t’s Se­cu­rity when she said he had not used any of the of­fi­cial en­trances and had come in through the Pres­i­den­t’s of­fice gate.

 

Like the other MPs sus­pended, he will not be al­lowed into the precincts of Par­lia­ment for 3 sit­tings or at­tend any com­mit­tee meet­ings.

How­ever, be­fore they were vi­o­lently re­moved from the cham­bers, mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion and the oth­ers op­posed to the mo­tion broke into the Na­tional An­them. The Speaker then in­structed the Sergeant at Arms to re­move them force­fully and ad­journed the house for 30 min­utes al­though it took al­most an hour for the house to re­sume.

Hither to that, Se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives not known to many Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, some be­lieved to be from the Of­fi­cial Pres­i­den­tial guard (SFC) came into the cham­bers and be­gan bru­tal­iz­ing mem­bers, women and men alike.

Some mem­bers opted to de­fend them­selves with mi­cro­phone stands, belts and shoes. Some of the un­known se­cu­rity per­sonel could not dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween the MPs sus­pended and those not sus­pended but and were de­ter­mined to take out promi­nent MPs op­posed to the mo­tion some not sus­pended but ejected were; MP Nabila Nag­gayi (Kam­pala Woman) MP Lu­ta­m­aguzi (Nakaseke South) and MP Sem­pala Kigozi (Makindye Sabagabo Mu­nic­i­pal­ity).

An el­derly MP, Hon. Charles Gut­moi was spot­ted in need of med­ical at­ten­tion af­ter he was held in a choke­hold dur­ing the scufke to re­move the sus­pended MPs.

Par­lia­ment se­cu­rity re­moved his tie and jacket in at­tempt to re­sus­ci­tate him and later called the in-house doc­tor to ex­am­ine him be­fore be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

Par­lia­ment Jour­nal­ists’ gad­gets were also con­fis­cated in an at­tempt to sti­fle the at­tempts of live re­port­ing by sev­eral me­dia houses. Some were threat­ened with vi­o­lence and ar­rest if they in­sisted on cap­tur­ing the de­hu­man­iz­ing scenes from the ejec­tion ex­er­cise.

Calm soon fol­lowed and ple­nary re­sumed, the speaker told mem­bers pre­sent that af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions who­ever had de­stroyed Par­lia­ment prop­erty would be held li­able.

Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment, Hon. Win­nie Kizza rose on a mat­ter of pro­ce­dure but was shut down by the Speaker. Speaker Kadaga asked if she was ques­tion­ing the au­thor­ity of the speaker and told her to sit down. In protest, mem­bers op­posed to the mo­tion left the house in sol­i­dar­ity with those sus­pended.

Fi­nally, the mo­tion of Hon Raphael Magyezi was al­lowed on the floor of Par­lia­ment. MP Ruhunda asked the Speaker to re­con­sider her stance but his re­quest was de­nied.

Sub­se­quently, MP Magyezi and the sec­on­ders of the mo­tion; MP Moses Ba­lyeku, Doreen Amule and Jack­son Karu­gaba were heard by the MPs pre­sent and the mo­tion was passed with en­thu­si­asm. How­ever, the Speaker Kadaga cau­tioned Mem­bers to con­sider the sov­er­eignty of the peo­ple of Uganda in their de­lib­er­a­tions.

Fol­low­ing the ab­sence of the Movers of the other mo­tions on the or­der pa­per in the Cham­bers, The speaker ad­journed the house.

A team of foren­sic ex­perts were seen at par­lia­ment this morn­ing as­sess­ing the cham­bers.