Government has denied orchestrating the recent grenade attacks on the homes of opposition legislators most of whom are opposed to the scrapping of Presidential age limit.
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Wednesday during a press conference at OPM condemned the unusual grenade attacks saying NRM has since its bush times removed this method of assassination.
This week, homes of opposition MPs Moses Kasibante, Allan Ssewanyana and Robert Kyagulanyi were under attack with purported hand grenades which destroyed property.
Whereas opposition think that this is a move to assassinate them for their resolute position against age limit removal, Dr. Rugunda says that it is not in the interest or the position of NRM government to eliminate its political opponents.
“Government is not associated in throwing these grenades and we are going to investigate and pin down these elements who are doing this. We condemn these cowardly acts of violence,” he said.
Rugunda also heaped praises on Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah for being decisive in a bid to restore order and sanity in the chambers after opposition MPs had resorted to using violence by throwing chairs and exchanging blows rather than exchanging views during last week’s plenary sittings.
“I have been in this House since NRM took over power and never have I ever seen what I saw last week. I salute the speaker and the deputy speaker for being absolutely tolerant even when their orders and authority were disrespected, but eventually after being overstretched they took right decision to bring sanity. And in last week’s sittings, I thank the speaker for taking stiff action and wise rulings to restore serenity and order in the House. Subsequently, we have had more business in the House like the Magyezi bill, the Biotechnology and safety bill. So the House has been moving on normally,” Rugunda added.
He added that whereas the Bill has been sent to the committee of legal and parliamentary affairs for scrutiny, MPs will also have the opportunity to go and consult widely with the population.
In her statement, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa said that the Parliamentary commission is working out on the budget to facilitate MPs to kick out consultations that will be flagged off this week.
” For now, I am working out a consultation program for my MPs because we do not want to leave out some sections of people. It is the duty of Parliament commission to facilitate its members to do consultation works. We shall be informed on how much each MP will be given,” Nankabirwa said.
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