By Jumah Nsubuga
Members of the opposition seating on the parliamentary committee of defence and internal affairs chaired by Mubende district woman MP Bennie Namugwanya (NRM) yesterday walked out from the committee proceedings after being blocked by the committee boss from grilling the minister of internal affairs Gen Aronda Nyakayirima on the mistreatment of opposition leaders and innocent Ugandans.
The MPs who included,Muwanga Kivumbi from Butambala (Indep),Joseph Sewungu from Kalungu West (DP),Ken Lukyamuzi from Lubaga South (CP) and Jack Wamai from Mbale Municipality(FDC) said that, they cannot continue with the proceedings since the chairperson of the committee has blocked them from expressing dissatisfaction to the minister of internal affairs about the conducts of police.
The committee boss told members that Gen Aronda had appeared before the committee to answer the 2000 Kibwetere mass murder but not the conduct of police.
“Honorable members, I summoned Gen Aronda to explain about the Kibwetere mass madder that occurred in 2000 but not the manner of police. The issue of police will be discussed tomorrow since the police boss Gen Kayihura is supposed to appear before the committee. We should give this time to Gen Aronda and tell us how he has moved with the issue of Kibwetere mass madder” Hon Namugwanya said
The opposition MPs chose to walk out of the committee saying that it is the right time to grill Aronda about the conducts of police since he is in charge of giving orders to Kayihura, the police boss.
“The issue of police torturing politicians is very important and it should be given a priority in the committee. For the chairperson to block us from questioning the minister is totally wrong. The issue of Kibwetere mass murder was overtaken by events since it is now 15years since police failed to produce the Kibwetere report” Mr Lukyamuzi said.
“Gen Aronda has on several times ordered police to stop us (politicians) from addressing our voters with a fear that Lukwago (lord mayor) will also attend the meeting. This man should explain why police uses live bullets to disperses the gatherings” He added
“This was the only chance for me to ask Gen Aronda why police short people in Mbale last week when the leaders of the opposition tried to talk to people” said Jack Wamai