The Communications and Public Relations Director of Parliament, Chris Obore has said Speaker Rebecca Kadaga acted within the house rules on Wednesday when suspended legislators were forcefully ejected from the chambers.
Parliament chambers turned chaotic on Wednesday when the suspended 25 MPs refused to exit the chambers as directed by Kadaga.
The stalemate forced Kadaga to ask the Sergeant at Arms to kick out the affected members before adjourning the house for 35 minutes.
The Sergeant at Arms officials were however overwhelmed by the defiant MPs and minutes later covert security operatives entered the chambers.
Five MPs were later rushed to different hospitals and several others detained at police stations in Kampala and Wakiso.
According to Obore, Kadaga clearly acted within her powers as Speaker specified in both Rules of Procedures of Parliament and the Constitution.
“The Speaker made no single mistake yesterday. Her actions were within rules 77, 79 (2) and 80 which all provide her with powers to preserve order and decorum, withdraw disorderly members from the house and suspend,” Obore said in a briefing at Parliament on Thursday morning.
The law provides that, “The Speaker, or Chairperson shall order any member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House or Committee for the remainder of the day’s sitting; and the clerk or the Sergeant-at-arms shall act on such orders as he or she may receive from the Speaker or chairperson to ensure compliance.”
Obore stressed that the Speaker did not order any security to enter the chambers but directed the Sergeant at Arms to eject the legislators.
“The Speaker in her ruling which is even captured by the Hansard (official record of Parliamentary proceedings), evidently told the Sergeant at Arms to intervene. The Sergeant at Arms invited the police when he was overwhelmed,” he stressed.
All the arrested MPs including Robert Kyagulanyi of Kyadondo East, Gerald Karuhanga of Ntungamo municipality, Moses Kasibante of Rubaga north, Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality, Ssemujju Nganda of Kiira Municipality and others have been released by police.