Stalemate in Parliament as MPs disagree on Bobi Wine report

Wednesday’s plenary sitting of Parliament ended prematurely after MPs failed to agree on whether to debate a government report on security.

Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine had presented a government report jointly compiled by Ministries of Internal Affairs, Defense and Security.

After Tumwine’s presentation, MPs demanded for the report by an ad-hoc committee of Parliament chaired by Doreen Amule (Amolatar Woman MP) tasked last week to investigate the violence and arrest of a host of MPs.

Other committee members are, Andrew Aja Baryayanga (Kabale Municipality), Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West), Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South) and Jovah Kamateeka (Mitooma Woman).

These sat on Wednesday morning and compiled a report which was sent to the MPs iPads after Amule conspicuously disappeared.

It later emerged that Amule was in a meeting with Tumwine. She declined to sign the report leave alone presenting because it was not in the government’s favour.

MPs mainly from the opposition said Gen Tumwine’s report should be debated side by side with that of Parliament’s select committee.
“That [Committee] report is the one which was sanctioned. We should rely on the report of the Committee sent to Gulu. If the report is not ready, we cannot proceed,” said Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Acan.

Oulanyah said much as the report by the committee was already on MPs’ iPads; it is not ready for debate.

“If I say that report is not ready, I know what I am saying. The report may be uploaded, but I know it is not ready. Is it signed by the Chairperson [Amule]?” said Oulanyah.