The embattled Security Minister General Elly Tumwine has denied claims that he attacked and threatened a fellow Member of Parliament in the parliamentary lobby.
Gen Tumwiine, who represents the UPDF in Parliament this morning called a press conference at Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara, in which he accused Hon Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo Woman MP) of being a pathological liar.
Hon Ogwal this week told parliament that Gen Tumwiine cornered her in the lobby and made a life threatening gesture at her.
The General has since been referred to the parliamentary rules committee for possible disciplinary action.
Speaking at the press conference, Gen Tumwine said he was “deeply disappointed in his longtime friend and sister, Hon Ogwal.”
“Cecilia Ogwal disappointed me, and she is a typical liar,” he said. “But of course he who alleges must prove.”
Tumwine said he is not worried about appearing before the Rules, Privileges and Disciplinary Committee to defend himself.
“My role in this Government has been to harmonize. I have never wanted to fight with anybody and I have been managing this country with few colleagues, but above all God is in control”
The General went on to describe as “mob action” the manner in which the entire parliament teamed against him after he was accused among others of undermining the house and insulting the person of the speaker.
Tumwiine stressed that he loves this country which fought for and has does not hold any grudges with the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon speaker Rebecca Kadaga or Hon Ogwal.
He also denied ever pulling a gun on Hon Ogwal as was alleged, adding that he studied and understands the National Resistance Army code of conduct on how and where to use a gun from.
Meanwhile, the General warned those that have resorted to tarnishing the UPDF saying that these will not succeed.
“UPDF is a pro-people force and its professional and it cannot be against the Ugandans”
Tumwine’s troubles started when Hon Atkins Godfrey Katusabe, the Bukonjo West MP took to the floor on a matter of national importance, and accused him of issuing the “shoot to kill” order during a dispute over Babughirana cattle market in Kasese.
Abdu Noor Mutegeki, a worker at Babughirana Butcher Men Development Association Cattle Market and Dan Benja, a businessman from Isingiro were shot by a joint security force deployed to stop operations in the market.
Katusabe further accused Tumwine of questioning powers of Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament on her earlier directives on the military. According to Katusabe, Tumwine allegedly said that the country was liberated by the military and not parliament.