Heavy Deployment at Parliament Ahead of Day's Plenary Top story

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Today's heavy deployment follows the recent forceful removal of Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda from the Chambers on the orders of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulannya and subsequent verbal declarations from both sides.

Security is tightened at parliament ahead of the Plenary Session this afternoon

The heavy deployment follows the recent forceful removal of Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda from the Chambers on the orders of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulannya and subsequent verbal declarations from both sides.

Although Oulannya maintains that Semujju Nganda who was suspended for misconduct must apologise before attending parliamentary sessions, the MP has vowed to attend sessions without offering the apology.

Ssemujju, was suspended together with Aruu County MP Odonga Otto and Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Sekikubo as a penalty for grabbing the rota from the clerk as the House proceeded to vote on the public order management bill, a law that was drafted to regulate public rallies and meetings.

The MPS had objected to the bill saying it was in contravention of the Constitutional Rights of public assembly.

The suspended Mps are now accusing Oulanyah of running down Parliament. They further demand that the matter be referred to the rules Committee which according to them is the only entity that can direct them to apologize after an investigation.

There is an increased presence of both uniformed and plain clothed personnel deployed around the gates of parliament more than the number of those regularly deployed on daily basis by the Parliamentary Police Directorate. These are reinforced by the Anti-riot Police have camped in the CHOGM Square

Meanwhile yesterday morning, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura  held a closed meeting with the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah in his office.    

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.