Gen Tumwine to Be Grilled today Over Allegations Undermining the Legislature

Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine is today Thursday 1st August 2019 expected to appear before the Parliament committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline over allegations of undermining the legislature.

Rubaga North Member of Parliament, Hon Moses Kasibante, Bukonzo West Member of Parliament Hon.Katusabe Godffrey and Dokolo Woman representative Hon. Cecilia Ogwal have already appeared before the same committee as witnesses on the same matter.

MP Kasibante presented a transcript of an interview that Gen Tumwine allegedly gave to a local radio station, the Central Broadcasting Services (CBS), in which he claims the Minister spoke disparagingly about the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.

Kasibante said Gen Tumwine has a long history of disrespecting Parliament singling out his reported defiance against instructions to vacate Nommo Gallery, including payment of Shs1.3b to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in rent arrears.

“His compliance with the decisions of Parliament must be checked…he rubbished the order to vacate the gallery by Parliament,” said Kasibante.

On this matter, the Committee Chairperson, Hon Kenneth Ongalo-Obote said the witnesses are expected to furnish the Committee with details of evidence pinning Gen Tumwine over contempt of Parliament.

Ongalo-Obote said the Committee “should not be seen to be driving towards a certain conclusion but we shall be fair to all parties before any decision is made”. The Committee also viewed footage of an alleged altercation between MP Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo) and Gen Tumwine.

In a recent plenary sitting, MP Cecilia Ogwal alleged that during the Seventh Parliament, Gen Tumwine drew a gun at her in Parliament, a claim Gen Tumwine denied.
The two later met in the opposition division lobby, where Gen Tumwine was alleged to have confronted and assaulted Cecilia Ogwal over the gun claims.

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