The MPs in attendance of plenary sitting were all praises of the actions of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in suspending MPs on Wednesday last week.
Approximately 24 MPs openly opposed to the motion to lift the age limit, mostly from the opposition were forcefully ejected from the chambers by security operatives.
The praise followed a motion without notice by Hon. Isaac Musumba MP for Buzaaya County in Kamuli District to appreciate the manner in which the Speaker handled the sitting of the previous day. Hon. Musumba’s motion asserted that despite the violence, desecration of the house and its rules, the Speaker steered the house well.
Debate of the motion took more than three hours and this is what some MPs had to say;
Hon. Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkizi County East) and State Minister for Housing said Uganda is functioning democracy and no MP had the authority to stop Hon Magyezi from bringing his motion to the floor. He added that a lot of information flowed through different forms of media like WhatsApp and his colleagues had opted to emulate. He concluded by commending the Speaker’s actions despite the threat of violence in the house.
Hon. Bright Rwamirama told the house that MPs have immunity for what they say not what they do in the house and that the NRM had the manpower to overpower them fourfold if the need arose. He added that he was convinced that some MPs were on drugs and alcohol and needed to be checked. He concluded by lauding the Speaker’s actions.
Hon Abbas Agaba had this to say: “We thank you for protecting the image and integrity of the house, you had to make the tough decision, a bad decision is better than indecision.” He added and said, “Some of our colleagues act for the camera, yesterday one raised a point of order to ask the Speaker why he wasn’t suspended, it’s absurd.”