Kadaga Wants Minister Kibuule Investigated

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has this afternoon directed parliaments rules, discipline and privileges committee to investigate State Minister for Water Ronald Kibuule. Her directive followed a review of yesterdays footage at parliament which confirmed that Kibuule had eluded security checks to enter the Chambers with a fire arm. Kibuules motive for entering with a weapon has not yet been established.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has this afternoon directed parliament's rules, discipline and privileges committee to investigate State Minister for Water Ronald Kibuule.
 
Her directive followed a review of yesterday's footage at parliament which confirmed that Kibuule had eluded security checks to enter the Chambers with a fire arm. Kibuule's motive for entering with a weapon has not yet been established.
 
In yesterday's chaotic afternoon plenary sitting, Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda notified the Speaker that Kibuule had threatened to take his life before the session began. He insisted that the State Minister had entered with a gun prompting a search of the MPs within the Chambers but it was not seen.
 
Meanwhile, Speaker Kadaga also ordered for a separate review of today's afternoon chaotic plenary session with a view of disciplining all MPs who damaged property in the chambers.
 
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This followed her suspension of 25 MPs opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limits and directive that they be ejected from the Chambers due to misconduct in Tuesday's chaotic sitting.
 
This directive saw over 40 plain-clothed security men, believed to be members of the Special Forces Command -SFC, entering Parliament Chambers from all corners to eject MPs. In their defence, Opposition MPs engaged security in fights leading to the destruction of microphones and benches among others.
 
Those ejected from the Chambers and taken to unknown detention sites include Makindye West Allan Sewanyana, Kumi Woman MP Monicah Amoding, Kyadondo East MP Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Kampala Central MP Mohammad Nsereko, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa among others.
 
Others are Workers MP Sam Lyomoki, Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimire, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya, Erute South MP Odur Jonathan, Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi, Soroti Woman MP Angelline Osegge and Busongora North MP William Nzoghu and others.
 
Also ejected are Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba, Kalungu West MP Joseph Sewungu, Kasambya County MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa and Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambetsye. Also suspended was Mukono North MP, also Water State Minister, Ronald Kibuule who moved out immediately after the suspension.
 
Efforts by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza to address the House on the brutal way her members had been ejected proved futile.
 
"I cannot pretend that it is business as usual. Members have been brutally moved out of the Chambers by the SFC," said Kiiza.
 
Before she finished, Speaker Kadaga ordered her to sit. Kiiza immediately stormed out in protest together with the remaining opposition MPs.
 
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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.