The Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama has said Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga will soon get a response from President Yoweri Museveni about her concerns regarding torture of MPs.
On Tuesday, Parliament suspended business and gave Museveni a two day ultimatum to respond to Kadaga’s letter, which demanded action against the security officers who allegedly beat and tortured Members of Parliament, journalists and civilians.
Ms. Kadaga on Monday wrote a strong worded letter asking Museveni to urgently arrest and ensure prosecution of officers of the Special Force Command, Military Police and Uganda police involved in the brutality during and after the Arua Municipality by election.
“Your Excellency, I am concerned that no effort has been made to arrest the security officers from the SFC, Military Police and Uganda Police Force who were involved in the violent actions against unarmed civilians. This is therefore, to demand that the officers concerned be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court.” part of the letter said.
“Unless this is done, it will be very difficult to conduct Government Business in Parliament,” she stated.
Indeed, during the plenary sitting on Tuesday, MPs noted that it would be abnormal to continue with business before the President responds to the Speaker’s letter and the house has since been adjourned to next week.
When contacted, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary briefly said the Speaker is certainly going to get the reply.
“Once he (Museveni) replies, I am sure the Speaker will get the letter,” he briefly said.
It should also be noted that President Museveni never responded to Kadaga’s letter after the invasion of the plenary by security operatives during the passing of the controversial age limit constitutional amendment.