By Sarah Achen Kibisi
The deputy speaker of Uganda Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has asked legislators to act within the law and understand the implications of acting within in the law and that this will in turn protect them.
“Let’s act with t law n then t law will always protect us. If we cat outside, it’s very hard for t law to protect us. His case has been reported but we can’t investigate but we can only inquiry on what has been done by the police,” Oulanyah said.
The speaker made the call while presiding over the 5th sitting of the 3rd meeting of the 4th session of the 10th parliament this afternoon on January 29 at parliament.
Oulanyah warned the legislators against acting outside the law and restrict themselves with parliament if they are to be protected. He ruled that the minister should return on Thursday and report about the matter.
The state minister for Internal Affairs, Mario Kania Obiga told the House that the ministry is taking this matter seriously and asked them to avail police with any useful information to help ease investigation.
“I plead with you honorable members that I take this matter seriously and as soon as I get useful information from any person, I will come back here and report. I don’t see why those who are not aggrieved are the ones more affected because I can’t extract what I don’t have,” Obiga said.
The State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi Achieng clashed with the minister when she stood on the floor saying that it’s unfortunate that the alleged police officers who were involved in the crime are still walking free yet they should be disciplined for their actions. “He didn’t do anything wrong but was just arrested in a manner which was uncalled for,” Opendi asserted.
This prompted Mukono municipality MP, Betty Nambooze Bakireke said that ordinary criminal cases are not reported in this House, saying that by the time they seek help from parliament.
“This means we are turning to you as our parent. Mister speaker sir, when an MP comes here and reports about insecurity the first thing police will do is arrest the suspect. The minister is turning the issue into political and we request your office to look at provisions to see how our colleagues can be helped to access justice,” Nambooze noted.
This dint go down well with some legislators, led by Ndorwa East MP, Wilfred Niwagaba who raise point of order asking whether the minister was in order to allude that the members who raised the matter were more aggrieved than the aggrieved prompting the speaker to request him to withdraw the statement and apologize.
Busongora North MP. William Musabe Nzoghu also tasked the minister to withdraw his earlier statement that Hon. Katushabe had not made any statement in regard to his situation.
Kasilo county MP, Elijah Okupa challenged the minister to go and reconcile the contractions made earlier and return with a complete statement.