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MPs Storm Out of Parliament over Security Invasion

The group consisting mainly of opposition legislators and liberal members of the ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM party, stormed out of the house upon noticing that the matter was not listed among items on the order paper.
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Members of Parliament opposed to the proposal to lift the presidential age limit from the constitution have boycotted parliament sitting today pending an explanation on the September 27 invasion of parliament.

The group consisting mainly of opposition legislators and liberal members of the ruling National Resistance Movement –NRM party, stormed out of the house upon noticing that the matter was not listed among items on the order paper.

They are mainly seeking explanations on a group of plain-clothed security personnel who descended on parliament on the fateful day and forcibly eject legislators who had been suspended by the speaker Rebecca Kadaga. The fracas left a number of legislators injured and equipment destroyed.

Up to 25 MPs had been suspended for misconduct and disrupting parliament business a day earlier when they put up a spirited fight to block a motion for a private members bill by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi. In the bill, Magyezi sought to, among others, amend the constitution to remove the cap on the presidential age.

Their punishment would cover three sittings f Parliament. But parliament went on recess at the time they were expected to return. When business resumed this afternoon, they demanded an explanation on events that led to the invasion.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah said that the matter had not yet been discussed by the two speakers forcing the group to abandon the session stating that they could not sit in the house pretending that everything was normal.

Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says that although Parliament is heavily guarded as plenary resumes, the security of individual members is not guaranteed. Ssemujju is optimistic that members will get an explanation in the next sitting of Parliament.

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Gulu Woman MP Betty Aol Ochan says that some MPs who were manhandled on that day are still bedridden and plenary cannot just resume without an explanation in regards to the attack.

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Busongora North MP William Nzoghu demands that Parliament respects its members by accounting for the day's grisly events. He says if the house does not recognize the fact that an irregularity happened, it could lead to another protest by the opposition.

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