Cecilia Ogwal survives Gen Tumwine’s slaps

Memories of the September 2017 fights in Parliament were evoked at Parliament on Tuesday afternoon when Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine threatened violence against Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal.

The opposition legislator was heading to the washrooms within Parliament’s lobby when Gen Tumwine emerged from the chamber and confronted her.

 The UPDF representative in the House was seemingly angry that MPs had voted to subject him to the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee for insulting the person of the Speaker and Parliament in general.

Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal

It all started after Bukonjo West MP, Atkins Katushabe rose on a matter of national importance and accused Tumwine of facilitating the alleged shoot to kill order to security operatives in Kasese district.

Katushabe told Parliament that because of the danger the order poses, he reached out to Tumwine as the minister in charge of Security to have the order rescinded.

Tumwine in response told the House that he had told Katusabe that the issue of Kasese is a security matter but denied making statements insulting Parliament.

“If there is anybody who loves and would defend this Parliament, then it is me. If there is anybody in this Parliament who feels that I have injured them, please forgive me,” Tumwine said.

That however did not save him from being referred to Rules committee.

Out of the chamber, Tumwine met Ogwal whom he reportedly threatened to do to “anything.”

“Madam Speaker and Honourable members, it is unfortunate that Gen Elly Tumwine attacked me when I headed to the washroom. He pointed at my eyes and said he can do anything to me,” said Ogwal.

While Tumwine tried to deny, MPs that witnessed the altercation notably Hatwib Katooto (Katerera), Betty Nambooze (Mukono Municipality), CD Lowila Oketayot (Pader Woman) and Silas Aogon (Kumi Municipality) testified against him.

The disagreement between Tumwine and Ogwal is a long standing one and can be traced as far back as the 6th Parliament during debate on the spraying of DDT to control mosquitoes when the soldier drew a gun at her.