8 January 2013

Uganda: Anxiety Grows Over House Recall Petition

With some MPs petitioning the speaker to recall Parliament in protest at the way the government handled the death of their colleague, Cerinah Nebanda, there is a sense of fear in the countryside that the fallout might escalate.

MPs accuse the president of lack of respect after he described those suggesting that his government had a hand in the death of the Butaleja Woman MP as "fools and idiots."

Busoga clan leaders called a meeting at Cool Breeze Hotel in Jinja last Thursday to express their concern at the feud that is currently brewing between the legislature, headed by Rebecca Kadaga, who hails from their sub-region, and the executive, led by President Museveni. An elder of the Baise-Ngobi clan, who attended the meeting, confirmed that the members had agreed to petition both the president and the speaker of Parliament over the matter.

Another elder, Hajji Abdullah Buyinza, indicated that Busoga expects better service delivery from her elected leaders, not infighting. The elders resolved to convene another meeting to discuss the current political events and how they impact on their sub-region. In Luweero, Anglican Bishop Evans Mukasa Kisekka warned of political turmoil if the two arms of the state don't bridge their differences.

"There's need to exercise a better and calmer approach to the issue ... because confusion can start from there and spread to other parts of the country," he said.

Bishop Kisekka was concerned 2013 had started in the same way 2012 ended, with political battles.

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