Bobi Wine takes on a security operative in a parliamentary fight
28 SEP 2017 1:20 AM
Blows, chairs and microphone stands were flying from all corners in the age limit fight at parliament on Wednesday afternoon. It all started with the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who suspended 25 MPs from the August house for breaching parliamentary rules. The members who include Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine, Hon. Bakireke Namboze, Hon Mohammed Nsereko, Hon. Mubarak Munyagwa, Hon. Joseph Sewungu, Hon. Odonga Otto, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, Hon Medard Segona were among those suspended and won't be appearing for the next three sittings.
The suspended members were supposed to leave the house immediately. On resisting that order, security operatives in plain clothes were called in and started getting the suspended members out, one by one to waiting police pick-ups and vans. The parliamentary ambulance was equally busy dropping some legislators who were seriously injured. Hon. Francis Zake's condition is critical.
Most members who were not in support of the age limit motion were clad in red tops something that made some fall victim to the mean security forces even when they were not on the list of those to leave the house. Hon. Theodore Sekikubo was one of them.
It was a serious fight as members of parliament tried to stop the security operatives from taking their colleagues.
When they came for the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who doubles as a boxer, it was a lot difficult to handle him as compared to other legislators, he was later overpowered and taken to Nagalama police station.
His wife Barbie Kyagulanyi said her husband was alright except for a few bruises he sustained in the struggle.
The opposition members walked out of the house protesting the manner in which their fellow members were thrown out of the house. They added that for the three days when the members have been suspended, they will not be part of the parliamentary proceedings.
The house returned to normal and the bill to remove the age cap was tabled and seconded. The MPs will soon debate to reject or approve the amendment to the constitution. Once amended, anyone above the age of 75 will be free to stand for the top job in the 2021 Presidential Uganda elections. In the current constitution, before the amendment, President Museveni who is aged 73 would be ineligble to stand in 2021.
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