Suspended MPs Speak Out After Arrest

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Five of the MPs are still hospitalised while others are home, some with injuries. Those still in hospital include Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, currently at Rubaga Hospital after the medical team from Kadic Hospital declined to admit him because he was taken in a bad condition.

Some of the Legislators who were arrested on Wednesday by plain-clothed personnel following their suspension by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga have narrated their ordeal.
 
Five of the MPs are still hospitalised while others are home, some with injuries.
 
Those still in hospital include Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, currently at Rubaga Hospital after the medical team from Kadic Hospital declined to admit him because he was taken in a bad condition.
 
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze is still at Bugolobi Medical Center while Aruu North MP Lucy Aciro and Soroti Municipality MP Angelline Osegge are at Kampala Hospital after fainting in the Chambers during arrest.
 
Kasambya County MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa is at his home nursing a fractured arm.
 
Chris Obore, Parliament's Director of Communications and Public Affairs, told URN that the Speaker had directed a team from his office to pay a visit to the ailing MPs.
 
The MPs were grabbed from the Chambers and driven away to various unknown sites, later identified as Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, Naggalama Police Station and Kiira Division Police.
 
Some of those taken to Kireka included Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimire and Erute South MP Jonathan Odur.
 
Those that were taken to Naggalama Police Station included Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana, Kiira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambetsye.
 
All the legislators were released in the night with no charges opened against them. In the morning, however, they were all summoned to appear at different police stations in Kireka, Naggalama, Kira and Kubuli to record statements. Some of the charges being preferred against them range from inciting violence, resisting arrest and disobeying lawful order among others. 

MP Nambetsye says he was driven direct to Naggalama Police Station and dumped at the reception and later told to leave.
 
"I even didn't know that my other colleagues were at the Police Station," said Nambetsye.
 
Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi narrated his ordeal saying he was beaten but that he is now the one being accused of beating up the security personnel.
 
"I went to the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) and one of the charges is that I disobeyed the Speaker and when you disobey the Speaker, there are procedures which we follow," Nandala said.
 
He rebuked the manner in which Speaker Kadaga handled the matter in the House accusing her of surrendering her powers to the Executive.
 
Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said he was grabbed from the Chambers, taken into a room behind the Speaker's Chair, thrown on the floor and nearly strangled.
 
"I couldn't speak because they were holding my neck using their hands. I was only lucky that we had some subsequent people they brought. If I was the only one there, by now I think I would be dead," said Ssemujju.
 
Following the strangulation, Ssemujju says he was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Naggalama and the medics discovered that his tissue had been injured in the throat.
 
Also the Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga questioned how he was arrested yet he was not named among the suspended MPs.
 
"I can't tell first of all why I was arrested, I wasn't supposed to be evicted but then, the illegal eviction as carried out for me is the most unfortunate development of our generation," said Mpuuga.
 
Mpuuga also attacked Speaker Kadaga saying she owes the country an apology adding that she was timid in the way she handled the day's business.
 
"She should have had the courage to adjourn the day's sitting to have herself time to think through the issues. She has over-exposed and allowed the military to overrun Parliament. I am sure she can't tell anybody right now with confidence that she is the Speaker of Parliament," Mpuuga said.
 
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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday suspended 25 members of Parliament for instigating chaos which led to the suspension of the plenary sitting on Tuesday.
 
Chaos, however, ensued as the suspended MPs refused to vacate the Chambers. It was at this point that security forces stormed into parliament as the House descended into unprecedented chaos and forcefully removed the suspended MPs, with some sustaining injuries in the process. They were bundled on waiting police vans and detained at various police stations in and around Kampala Metropolitan area.
 
After the chaos, Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi was able to present a motion seeking leave of parliament to draft a constitutional amendment to repeal Article 102(b) of the constitution which puts 35 and 75 as lower and upper caps respectively on the presidential age.
 
The opposition MPs are opposed to Magyezi's move saying it is meant to extend President Yoweri Museveni's rule beyond 2021 when he will be above 75 years of age.
 
Shortly before Magyezi tabled the motion, the remaining opposition legislators, led by their leader and Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza, walked out. Earlier today they announced that they would all stay away from Parliament for three sittings in solidarity with their colleagues who were suspended for the same number of sittings.