The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has defended the police atrocities, declaring that the opposition women MPs were uncooperative and did not notify police as warranted by the Public Order Management Act of 2013.
According to Nabbanja who expressed no empathy for her fellow women lawmakers as she spoke during Wednesday plenary, police was right to use force in distorting the belated women’s day celebrations in Buvuma, Soroti, Mityana and Hoima districts as she claims opposition MPs did not brief police about the functions.
The Prime Minister Nabbanja informed the House that in all incidents, including stopping the Women’s Day celebrations, the Opposition Women MPs had not notified or cooperated with the police in organizing their functions.
Her comments however atrracted fury from fellow lawmakers who reminded her that legislation is a constitutional role that does not require an MP to inform police.
“The place of work of the MP is Parliament and the Constituency and if you are doing Parliament work, why do you go to the police to inform them that you are doing your work? The MP in his/her place of work is free to invite people who can come and assist him/her. When police say they don’t have the manpower to come and assist you, when they come to disperse, they come with all the manpower and artillery,” FDC’s Nandala Mafabi rebutted to Nabbanja’s version of events.
The Speaker interjected and tasked the Minister for Presidency Hon. Milly Babalanda to come up with a report next month detailing what actions have been taken against the errant RDCs who have continued to terrorize Ugandans and their MPs.