The deputy commander of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Gen. David Muhoozi has insisted and distanced himself from the controversial acts that happened at Parliament late last year when the Age limit bill was being passed.
Speaking our Insider, Muhoozi said he didn’t know that Members of Parliament were brutalized by officers.
The same man while appearing before the ongoing court hearing the age limit petitions in Mbale earlier this week said that he was not among the people meant to guard lawmakers but was only given a call requesting for his backup something that forced him to intervene and remove some MPs from Parliament during the age limit debate in December 2017 to restore order.
“I told you that the IGP called me at around 1pm that he needed reinforcement and I passed the message down to the command chain. I asked the SFC commander to assign some of his soldiers to Parliament,” Gen Muhoozi said.
On September 27, 2017 violent scenes played out at Parliament as MP Raphael Magyezi was tabling the age limit Bill on the floor of the House to remove the presidential age limit from the Constitution.
Many MPs mainly Opposition were seriously injured, including Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, who was later taken abroad for treatment. The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, suspended 25 MPs mainly from Opposition who were challenging the tabling of the Bill.