The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has clarified on media reports that Parliament gave a two day ultimatum to President Yoweri Museveni to respond to the Speaker’s letter in respect to the torture of fellow legislators.
The house was on Tuesday adjourned after several members of the house started that they would not continue with business as usual if the President declined to respond to the letter authored by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.
In her letter, the Speaker demanded that the perpetrators of torture of MPs and other Ugandans be arraigned before Courts of law with immediate effect.
However, the media reported that Parliament had given the president an ultimatum of two days to answer back the Speaker’s letter which Oulanyah refuted.
“I am the one who presided over the sitting yesterday but why do we do things to escalate the situation; Parliament never gave anybody any ultimatum; this impression must be corrected because the ordinary person reading the story out there may think that there is a fight between Parliament and the President,” Oulanyah said while presiding over the swearing in of Arua Municipality MP, Kasiano Wadri.
Olunyah urged reporters to be conscious while reporting on certain issues that may tarnish the image of the country.
“You scare people with these alarming headlines and stories, I am the one who concluded the debate, I never gave the president any ultimatum, please correct this; it is not right for the democracy of this country and the wellbeing of the people,” Oulanyah said.
“What I tried to do was to bring people together and see how to move forward; let’s try and build this country because once it is broken, it will be your responsibility.”