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Why Opposition MPs Boycotted Budget Speech

A section of opposition Members of Parliament (MP) on Thursday boycotted the reading of the National Budget 2018/19 “for fear of being arrested.”

President Museveni earlier this week as he attended late Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga’s burial in Arua, alluded to the possibility of the political opposition being behind the murder.

The MPs led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza addressed the press at parliament and stated that President Museveni’s utterances were an insult and has already started impacting on them; citing the arrest of Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze because of what she said about the deceased.

Obongi county MP Kaps Hassan Fungaroo still remains at large as President Museveni directed for his arrest on allegations that he incited violence among the mourners in Arua Municipality.

Winnie Kiiza told reporters that the crackdown on the opposition MPs is worrying and creating fear in them and that they could not simply show up at a budget function where they were not sure of their security as they could have been arrested.

“The country must know that you can’t keep calling me a killer and then invite me to your house expecting me to turn up; what if something happens to him in the house and they think it is us who killed him,” Kiiza said.

Kiiza said what government is doing now; hunting for opposition in connection to murders is simply to divert attention of Ugandans from the real killers and as well letting president Museveni run away from his duty of securing Ugandans.

“President Museveni knows that the president will follow the story to the later hence diverting the attention by arresting legislators and this will not work.”

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About 22 opposition MPs showed up at this press conference though Kiiza said others that where in solidarity to this boycott where at police following up MP Betty Nambooze’s arrest.

 

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