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.

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“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.

Back­ground

 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.