Parliament Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has said that he is in discussion with President Yoweri Museveni, to have him address the House on the increasing wave of criminality in the country.
The Speaker’s revelation came after a procedural matter raised by Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwany on the need to have the President address Parliament on the increasing state of insecurity.
Silwany said that since the 11th Parliament started, MPs in each sitting have continued to raise concerns of insecurity in their constituencies therefore, a Presidential address to the country, would go a long way in addressing the issue.
He recounted the President’s address to the country in Parliament in 2018 over the then increasing insecurity. He said that the address by the President was key in addressing the matter then.
President Museveni on June 20, 2018, addressed Parliament on the Government’s strategy to defeat rising cases of murders and kidnaps following the assassination of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga early that month.
The President addressed Parliament following his request made during the presentation of the national Budget for the Financial Year 2018/2019.
Article 101(2) of the Constitution permits the President to make occasional addresses to Parliament on any matter of national interest, in consultation with the Speaker.
In the recent past, the country has been rocked by a spate of killings in the greater Masaka sub-region that left close to 30 people dead. The Police, UPDF, and Crime Intelligence have so far arrested 78 suspects in connection to the greater Masaka machete murders. At least 14 suspects have already been charged in court.
Two legislators, Kawempe North MP Muhammed Ssegirinya and the Makindye West legislator Allan Ssewanyana are among them. The two were charged with murder before remanding them to Kitalya prison. The two leaders were, however, released on bond on September 20, 2021.
The State Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen. David Muhoozi on August 31, presented to Parliament, a statement on the state of affairs in the area that includes the districts of Lwengo, Bukomansimbi and Masaka city.
He said that the killings in the area were not propagated by financial gains but rather intended at creating terror and fear within the population.
The Speaker agreed with Silwany that there was a need for the President to guide the nation on the matter. He informed the House that talks were underway to have him come and address the House on the increasing wave of criminality in the country.