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Parliament Resumes Today, Executive Ready to Respond on UPDF Brutality

Parliament is resuming business on Tuesday after a week’s suspension over the failure by the Executive to respond to the alleged UPDF brutality in lakes and landing sites.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday last week suspended business when the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda did not bring the official statement on the matter as required by the house a day before.

MPs turned furious, proposing for establishment of an adhoc committee to investigate the cases of use of excessive force, extorting money from fishermen and confiscating of fish consignments by the UPDF and a local organization operating in the lakes.

Dokolo South MP, Felix Okot Ogong however informed the house that creating a committee would mean the Executive has ignored the orders of the head of Legislature.

The State Minister for Veteran Affairs, Major. Bright Rwamirama requested the house to wait for two weeks to allow the Executive to prepare a comprehensive statement.

The Speaker however disagreed with the Minister and suspended the house sine die.

“Two weeks is too long. What the house need is simple and the names of the errand officers have already been provided. The house is suspended sine die,” said Kadaga.

The statement, it is now understood, will be made by the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Adolf Mwesigye today.

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Rugunda is in New York representing President Museveni at the United Nations General Assembly.

ChimpReports has seen a copy of the Tuesday Order Paper (order of business) allocating the statement among the first priorities. The house is scheduled to be chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.

 

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