MP storms out of parliament over state repression


A Member of Parliament on Tuesday stormed out of the house in protest of state repression subjected to opposition members and journalists.

Bushenyi municipality MP Odo Tayebwa, also a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change was angered by the continued presence of the police at Kizza Besigye’s home in Kasangati.

“I am not in the mood to attend this plenary session,” Odo told Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who was presiding.

“There journalists being arrested now in Kasangati,” he continued.

At the same time, NBS TV journalist, Remmy Bahati, was arrested and detained at Kasangati police station.

Also arrested was FDC secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe.

Later, the journalist said together with Ingrid, policemen fondled their breasts in the van and beat them too.

“Mugisha Muntu has been denied access to Besigye’s home,” Odo further informed the speaker.

The disturbed MP then asked the speaker for leave from parliament.

“I am not in the mood to attend the session because of what is happening in Kasangati,” he reiterated.

Muntu was later allowed to meet Besigye, too late to file the election petition as earlier planned.

Acocrding to Daniel R. Ruhweza, a lecturer at Makerere University School of Law, Dr Kizza Besigye can apply to be a party of the petition filed by Amama Mbabazi.

“But there is no precedent. Mbabazi lawyers are capable. It is easy to prove that certain irregularities took place.”

Dr Ruhweza says the bigger challenge will be whether the irregularities were substantial enough to overturn outcome.

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