Parliament Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, has asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs to prevail over security agencies charged with conducting arrests of MPs and other public officials, saying that not everyone should arrest an elected honourable member.
Oulanyah said that junior security officers should not be deployed to arrest public officials and that such operations should have a level of decorum because such suspects also double as people’s representatives.
He re-echoed his earlier call to security agencies to follow Parliamentary procedure in the execution of the law concerning the arrest of MPs.
“Ordinarily even if you are to arrest an MP, it should not be by junior officers. It should not be constables and things like that. It should be officers of a certain rank who should arrest this caliber of public officials,” said Oulanyah.
The Speaker made the call in his communication to the House this afternoon as Parliament moves to reclaim its independence and respect from other arms of Government especially the Executive.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo criticized the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen. David Muhoozi for looking on as Police uses highhandedness in arresting Members of Parliament. He said that the Government should commit to Parliament that there will be no similar occurrences in future.
This as the Opposition Members of Parliament boycotted parliamentary sittings for the second time over the unlawful re-arrest of MPs, Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West).
The Speaker informed the House that the Leader of Opposition had communicated their absence, and explained that it is a result of their dissatisfaction over the handling of the two MPs.
Opposition lawmakers yesterday walked out as the debate on the rearrests raged, and they earlier today convened a news conference at which they condemned police and security agencies, which they accused of persecution.
Regarding the rearresting of MPs, Muhoozi apologized for the delayed notification to the Speaker on the rearrests of Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya.
The Speaker, however, notified the House that after the plenary sitting yesterday, he was notified by Deputy Speaker Anita Among that she had received the letter written by the Police CIID Director, Grace Akullo.
“Concerns were raised about the rearrest of our colleagues; at the end of yesterday’s proceedings, I was notified by the Deputy Speaker that actually, she had received the summons from police,” said Oulanyah.