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MP to boycott parliament sittings till the next election in 2021

by James Ateenyi

Oulanyah sharing plenary

Aruu Member of Parliament hon Odonga Otto has threatened to boycott any sitting of Parliament chaired by the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah from now till end of the current parliament term in 2021.

Otto in a letter dated September 6, 2018 addressed to Hon Jacob Oulanyah, alleges the former is biased and a sycophant of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

He accused Mr Oulanyah of picking security minister and army MP General Elly Timwine despite him (Otto) being the first to catch speaker eye.

The House was then debating a report by the parliament ad hoc committee describing the state of Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine and the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, who were tortured by the Special Force Command soldiers in Arua.

“In the circumstance, given your obvious biases, direct political leanings, routine and casual sycophancy, I bring to your attention that I will not be attending any session of Parliament you, Hon. Oulanyah Jacob, will be chairing until the end of this Parliament in 2021,” Mr Otto letter reads in parts.

Otto descried the partisan manner in which Oulanyah handles the plenary and hoped for constitutional amendments.

“I hope and pray that one day the Constitution of Uganda will be amended to allow a non-partisan Speaker, at the stature of a High Court judge or justice of peace, be in that chair.”

Otto is not new to controversy, in July after opposition cabinet reshuffle Otto threatened to quit opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for not appointing him in the cabinet.

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