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“He is Drunk:” Anite, Odonga Exchange Over Age Limit

The dramatic scenes at Parliament that culminated in the premature adjournment of the house to next week, were crowned with a sour exchange between Aruu County Member of Parliament Hon Odonga Otto and Investment Minister Evelyn Anite.

The exchange – one of the highlights of the Thursday plenary  — ended with the two leaders calling each other names – one bogus, and the other a drunk.

Otto started off the hostility when he took to the floor of parliament, and accused Minister Anite of endangering the lives of NRM MPs.

He claimed that by publicizing the names of some MPs who support the Bill to remove the presidential age limit from the constitution, Anite put their lives in danger.

“This afternoon a woman was attacked in down town Kampala by some people who suspected that she was the Rakai Woman MP” claimed Otto.

The Aruu MP asked the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah to discipline the minister by banning her from the house for 8 years; which motion sparked chaos on the floor.

The motion was eventually dismissed by Oulanyah on technical grounds.

The speaker on failing to put the house to order decided to adjourn it to next week on Tuesday.

Outside the Parliamentary Chamber, MP Anite shot back at Otto accusing him of coming to the house while drunk.

“Otto was drunk” shouted the minister. “He has been trying to meet with the president at State House to get money from him.”

To this Hon. Otto replied, “She is bogus! These are people that are being used to disrupt the country. She should come to me; I hear she has been looking for me.”

Today’s session was cut short by chaotic opposition MPs who spoke bitterly about the heavy police and army deployment around the parliamentary building.

Earlier last week, Minister Anite had warned that the amendment to remove the age limit from the constitution had the backing to the magye (military).

The tabling of this motion today was not possible and was postponed until the speaker gets a notice accompanied with the motion itself.

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