President Yoweri Museveni will tomorrow Wednesday, address Members of Parliament on issues of national security, one week after doing the same at Parliament.
Museveni is expected to address the MPs this time round at the nearby Prime Minister’s office, according to Parliament Clerk Jane Kibirige.
Tomorrow’s meeting, unlike last week’s however, will be interactive.
Parliament’s rules decree that the Presidential address to the house must be heard in silence and cannot be debated afterwards.
As such, many MPs who wanted to put questions to the president regarding that 10 point security plan that he laid out last week, could not.
Some of the MPs poked holes in the president’s proposals such as installation of CCTV cameras, banning hooded jackets on motorcycles, motor vehicle tracking, among others.
The proposals were in response to the concerning spate of murders or prominent Ugandans over recent past.
Opposition Chief Whip Semujju Nganda said the tone of the president’s address last Wednesday, which seemed rather comic than serious and was cheered by NRM MPs as bereaved families watched on television, showed that that Museveni was not concerned about the security problem.
Nganda said the president would only feel concerned if the murders directly impacted on his presidency.
During the Presidential address, Museveni said he didn’t mind being asked questions by MPs, adding that the rules prohibiting this were self-imposed by the house.
He thus agreed to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s proposal for the MPs to meet with him somewhere outside the house, so that MPs can ask him questions.
Parliament Clerk Kibirige in a statement this evening announced that the meeting between the president and MPs will take place tomorrow at 11am at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Conference Hall.