Parliament: Opposition MPs Walk Out in Protest Over Arrest of Colleagues.

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Opposition Members of Parliament today walked out of the House in protest over arrest of two Member of parliament.

The fracas started shortly after the Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, led a team of disgruntled MPs out of Parliament after a failed attempt by the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabanja to convince them on the re-arrest on Kawempe North’s Muhamad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana representing the people of Makindye West.

Nabbanja plea to bring in the concerned government line Ministries, Departments and Agencies before parliament landed on a deaf eye as the MPS matched out. With sight of empty seats, the Speaker was prompted to prematurely adjourn the House.

Earlier, Speaker Jacob Oulanya had suspended the House for 15 minutes to allow the Government Chief Whip get the minister of internal affairs.

This followed concerns raised by several legislators including the Leader of Opposition in parliament Mathius Mpuuga, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Theodore Ssekikubo over the re-arresting of the duo.

The legislators said it was time for parliament to stand up to defend the constitution and not stay silent when such rights violations are meted against Ugandans.

In response, Speaker Jacob Oulanya demanded an explanation on the re-arrest of the two legislators noting that unless it is given, parliament would not proceed.

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