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Parliament give stern warning to Bobi Wine

by James Ateenyi

The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has warned legislators against breaking the law under the veil of parliamentary privilege and immunity.

Oulanyah says MPs, just like all other citizens, must abide by the law because there are limits to their privileges and immunities outside parliament.

He adds that it is also impossible for the speaker and parliament to defend the conduct of all MPs outside parliament.

Therefore, Oulanyah says MPs must ensure that they do not engage in criminal conduct because Parliament is not a haven for criminality.

Oulanyah was responding to concerns about the detention of the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi raised by opposition legislators led by Rukungiri municipality MP, Roland Kaginda.

Kaginda demanded that government must explain why Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is under house arrest and why police has stopped him from exercising his constitutional right to stage music concerts including on Easter Monday at his One Love Beach in Busabala.

Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze concurred with Kaginda, saying the people of Kyadondo East are being cheated since their representative cannot leave his home.

She also demanded that government explains whether it has become criminal for any person, especially youth to wear red outfits or even support the “People Power” slogan.

Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi said he visited Kyagulanyi on Tuesday afternoon and advised him to stay home rather than risk being arrested because police has given him only two options- either stay home or face arrest.

Kivumbi also wondered whether the government has suspended the implementation of the Public Order Management Act, 2014 that regulates public functions and also whether it is now criminal for one to harbor presidential ambitions.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Gen. Moses Ali, said that police claim that Kyagulanyi’s concert was cancelled because he failed to meet the security guidelines.

He pledged to ask the Internal Affairs Minister to present a comprehensive report on Wednesday on Kyagulanyi and why activities of opposition parties have also been blocked upcountry.


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