Museveni to Parliament on Arua saga: Don’t Debate Matters under Investigations

Speaker Kadaga with President museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has advised Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to wait for the outcome of ongoing investigations before demanding the arrest of security operatives who allegedly tortured Members of Parliament, journalists and other Ugandans in Arua.

The President who wrote to the Speaker in response to her letter to him of 27th August, advised her and Parliament to refrain from using the word torture while referring to the MPs and others who were arrested ahead of the Arua.

According to the August 27, Kadaga wrote to the President highlighting the ill health condition of MPs Robert Kyagulanyi and Francis Zaake who are currently seeking medical attention after their alleged torture by security forces.

“Your Excellency, I am concerned that no effort has been made to arrest the security officers from the SFC, Military Police and Uganda Police Force who were involved in the violent actions against unarmed civilians. This is therefore, to demand that the officers concerned be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court,” Kadaga’s letter reads in part.

Last week, Parliament suspended sittings until President Museveni responds to Speaker Kadaga’s letter regarding the brutal arrest and torture of opposition MPs.

However during yesterday’s plenary, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah admitted as long last that the office of the Speaker has received Museveni’s response letter, but declined to read it saying that his job description as deputy speaker does not require him to be a “letter reader.” Since it’s addressed to his senior.



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