Legislators were stunned on Tuesday when a member of the front bench uncharacteristically disagreed with the government position on the numerous killings of women in Wakiso district.
The house resumed from holidays today and hot on the agenda was the mysterious killings of women; which was raised as matter of national importance by Lira women MP, Joy Ongom.
Several MPs however decried the absence of concerned ministers of Security, Internal Affairs and Defense when a comprehensive government on the murders statement was supposed to be read.
The Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime who was also representing the Government Chief Whip, pleaded with MPs to be patient as government prepares a statement on the killings.
“Members the Executive is equally concerned by the awful killing of innocent young women. I am appealing to colleagues to wait for the government to bring a statement next week,” Butime said.
MPs snubbed the minister’s appeal with the majority saying there is no time to wait when the killings are going on.
The government’s position was finally buried by the State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Sseninde, who openly distanced herself from the Executive and explicitly addressed herself as the Women Member of Parliament for Wakiso district.
“I am here speaking as the Woman Member of Parliament of Wakiso. I have seen the horrible killing of young women leaving breastfeeding babies and other dependents behind,” Sseninde started her submission as MPs attentively listen.
“It is very sad that people are continuing to die. We needed a statement here by yesterday and hereby support the Hon. Odonga Otto’s motion,” she concluded.
Otto had moved a motion for Parliament to suspend all business until the government explains the cases of murder.
Parliament was consequently adjourned and is to resume only when the government statement on the matter is ready.