Jacob Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament has registered his displeasure with the events that happened last Thursday during the Pubic Order Management Bill debate.
This was during his communication to the House in this afternoon’s parliamentary session.
Oulanyah said that what happened exceeded anything reasonable in any circumstances.
He noted that Parliamentary rules are comprehensive and holistic enough to cater for any situations and that the events of last Thursday were unjustifiable and unreasonable.
He spelt out the details of his suspension of three MPs during the debate namely; Kyadondo East MP Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo and Aruu MP Odonga Otto.
He clarified that the three are not only suspended from three sittings of Parliament but they are also suspended from all other activities of Parliament including committee sittings and that they are also not allowed to access premises of Parliament and the Bauman House.
Oulanyah said that when the three sittings are done, the suspended MPs on return shall have to tender an apology to the House and they will access the House through the front door. A welcome ceremony dubbed the dropping the bars will be performed to recognize the MPs as members once again.
//Cue in: “the bars will be drown….
Cue out:…and I truly mean business”//
Oulanyah said he was extremely disappointed the MPs had failed to follow the rules of debate in the house yet all members know them well.
He noted that the rules of procedure were crafted to enable civilized debate and when they are abused, then the dignity of the House comes into question and disrepute.
Oulanyah’s communication comes after a petition was lodged against him by opposition MPs led by Opposition Chief Whip Winnie Kiiza to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.