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Speaker Forces MPs to Drop Red Ribbons

Police subjected the MPs to rigorous checks to ensure that none of them accesses the chambers with any materials meant for demonstrating or causing chaos.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has forced legislators opposed to the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit to remove their rid ribbons, saying they contravene the rules of procedure.

This afternoon, all MPs opposed to the proposed scrapping of article 102 (b) of the constitution stormed the house wearing red ribbons on their heads and arms. Others wore red jackets, shirts and neck ties to express their dissatisfaction with the proposed amendment.

However, the speaker reminded the legislators that the ribbons offend the house rules. “I know sometimes people enjoy colors, but let me call on Members to remove their bandanas. It breaches Rule 73,” she said.

Kadaga overruled a request by Jacqueline Amongin, the Ngora Woman MP to demand an explanation for the red ribbons, saying she had already decided on the matter. More than 30 opposition legislators removed the ribbons following the speaker's directive.

A few members were seen still putting on the red ribbons. 

Earlier in the day, opposition legislators wrestled with security officers over the usage of red headbands, ribbons and whistles. Police subjected the MP's to rigorous checks to ensure that none of them accesses the chambers with any materials meant for demonstrating or causing chaos.

However, the MP's still managed to smuggle the headbands and ribbons in the house. There was drama when police attempted to stop Samuel Odonga Otto, the Aruu South MP from entering the chambers with the head and arm band.

Otto jumped over the security barricades and forced himself into the house without going through the security checks.  The officers attempted to pursue the legislator but failed to get hold of him. 

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