Suzan Amero, the Amuria Woman MP says that she had simply raised the car when she was driving through the potholes and had forgotten to ease the car back to its normal standard.
Sniffer dogs were brought in to detect any bomb after the MP's car made a loud sound in the Parliament parking.
A Mercedes-Benz belonging to a lady legislator this morning caused a scare in the precincts of Parliament when it made a
bomb like loud sound after the owner raised it up while driving on rough roads and forgot to lower it down on returning to smooth tarmac.
The GL20 CDI 4MATIC can be adjusted
to suit road conditions including lifting the car up while driving on bad roads
with potholes. However when the driver forgets to bring it back down, the car
collapses back to the standard position with a big bang.
At about 9:30 am on Friday, a loud
sound from the car sent workers around the Parliament parking and
building running. Many people run far away from the building and from the car its self.
An unidentified Parliament worker
was swift to carry a fire extinguisher, but before he could start to
extinguish, realised that no fire had accompanied the bang. He says the car just collapsed down, before
many people started gathering at the spot.
Two police sniffer dogs were brought
in barely two minutes from the time of the loud bang to ensure that there was
no bomb, before the owner of the car walked in to explain the situation.
Suzan Amero, the Amuria Woman MP says
that she had simply raised the car when she was driving through the potholes
and had forgotten to take the car back to its normal standard.
According to Amero, the car usually
pulls back down automatically if it is not moving and has been packed for some
“This usually happens, but it has
helped us also to see that Parliament is alert, within no time the sniffer
dogs were here, and also someone was ready with a fire extinguisher, which is a
very good thing as they tell us to be alert” Amero said as she opened the car and
adjusted it prperly.
The Sergeant at Arms Ahmed Kagoye,
who was first to arrive at the scene of the incident said that the sound was
so loud that it caused a scare.
Business returned to normal after several minutes.
The incident comes just three days
after a terror attack in Kampala, one on the Parliament Avenue (IPS Building)
and the other at Central Police Station (CPS) killing 7 people and injuring 37.
The blasts were felt in Parliament
as it left window panes shattered, and caused the suspension of plenary