Aruu South Member of Parliament Hon.Odonga Otto dramatically moved the House to halt business until government explains the mysterious killing of women in parts of Wakiso district on Tuesday afternoon.
This was after members raised concerns about the absence of the minister of internal affairs and his security counterpart in the House, at a time the country expects explanations about the killings.
According to Odonga Otto, the situation is running out of hand and the country deserves a thorough explanation.
The motion was supported by Wakiso Woman Member of Parliament Hon.Rosemary Seninde, who doubles as the Minister of State for Primary Education has supported the motion.
Earlier, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza lashed out at cabinet for disregarding the security of women in the country.
Hon.Kiiza has particularly regretted failure by the minister of internal affairs Gen Jeje Odong and his security counterpart Henry Tumukunde to present to parliament, a joint statement pertaining the mysterious murder of women in parts of Wakiso district.
Last week, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had directed the Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo and his security counterpart Henry Tumukunde to present a statement on the matter today but the two did not turn up today leading to a heated debate that led to the adjournment of the House.
To date, 21 women have been gruesomely killed in the two areas of Wakiso district. With the continuing murders, Lira Woman MP Joy Atim Ongom raised a matter of national importance as parliament resumed today saying that they could not go on with sittings without an update on the killings.
“We are not happy as a country, we are not happy as women, we are not happy as families. Just in less than six months, 21 women have been murdered in Katabi and Nansana and a recent one killed along Entebbe road and another Chinese woman shot dead in her office,” said Ongom.
She wondered why there was no explanation coming from the two ministries. Ongom demanded to know the perpetrators of these murders, their motive and why they are targeting women specifically.
However, the minister of Local Government Tom Butiime told the House that cabinet would not wish to divulge information, on a matter still under investigation by the police.
Relatedly, police in Kampala have arrested the prime suspect in the alleged murder of a woman whose body was yesterday found dumped in Nyanama Wakiso district.
The Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, has identified the suspect as 26 year old Charles Kato and is reported to have killed his wife Maria Nabirawa, a resident of Mutugga.
This comes as the opposition Democratic Party asks the police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura to step down if his force cannot produce a comprehensive report on the scores of women that have murdered in Wakiso district and other parts of the country.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters this morning, the acting Secretary General Gerald Siranda said these murders are an indication that the police force has failed to protect civilians under Gen Kayihura’s watch.