Deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, was Wednesday forced to postpone the motion on creation of new districts after, Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya, threatened to commit suicide.
It was supposed to be the hottest debate perhaps in the record of Uganda’s parliament this year.
However, the motion being championed by Local Government minister, Adolf Mwesige, failed to kick off thanks to the emotional Ekanya.
The progress was hindered by MP Ekanya who openly burst in tears and cried hard on the floor of parliament.
Ekanya accused government of “maliciously” refusing to grant his county a district status.
“I don’t know why government is unfair to Tororo. Our people ate rats for a district,” he managed to put in a tearful voice.
Ekanya moves to undresses
Ekanya threatened to strip naked and later commit suicide if it comes to that.
He fumed and bubbled, started removing his tie threatening to undress on the floor.
Dokolo Woman MP, Ceciia Ogwal, and Rubaga South MP, Ken Lukyamuzi, who were near him hurried and calmed him down.
They helped him back to his seat and kept a keen eye on him as parliament thundered with repeated laughter.
Oulanyah intervened and told Ekanya to take his drama to the national theatre where they act plays from.
This seemed to infuriate the MP, the more.
He jumped to his feet again and this time removed his coat threatening to reach for his shirt and trouser as well.
It took about 10 MPs to calm Ekanya down, it was Cecilia who kept patting his back and soothing him the way a mother does to lull a baby to sleep.
The dry minister Mwesige went ahead and blamed people of Tororo for fighting each other.
Before things could get out of hand, legislators walked out quietly, one after the other prompting Oulanyah to defer voting to tomorrow.
MP Ekanya after calming himself, apologised to Oulanyah and plenary “for losing myself”.
“The issue caused tribal tensions,” he added, still sniffing.
Cabinet approved the creation of 22 new districts with the first batch of districts taking effect from July 1, 2016.
According to New Vision, the first batch of districts include; Kagadi and Kakumiro which will be curved out of Kibaale, Omoro from Guru, and Rubanda from Kabale district.
The districts to take effect on July 1, 2017 are Namisindwa from Manafwa, Pakwach from Nebbi, Butebo from Pallisa, Rukiga from Kabale, Kyotera from Rakai, and Bunyangabu from Kabarole.
Districts to become effective on July 1, 2018 include Nabilatuk from Nakapiripirit, Bugweri from Iganga, Kasanda from Mubende, Kwania from Apac, Kapelebyong from Amuria, and Kikuube from Hoima.
The last phase of districts which will become effective on July 1, 2019 and these include Obongi from Moyo, Kazo from Kiruhura, Rwampara from Mbarara, Kitagwenda from Kamwenge, Madi-Okollo from Arua, and Karenga from Kaboong.