The Observer (Kampala)

South Sudan: Museveni Under Fire Over War Threat

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"Under such circumstances, it is unlikely that we can push for a recall and succeed because the speaker is advancing lack of space as one of the reasons for the extension of the recess," Niwagaba told The Observer.

The MPs insist that Museveni can still contact Kadaga to recall Parliament to allow the deployment of the UPDF in South Sudan, but Parliament's spokesperson Helen Kawesa told The Observer that Parliament can only be recalled under Rule 20 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure.

"Let them be advised to follow the Rules of Procedure, Parliament can only be recalled from recess through the process spelt out in Rule 20," Kawesa said.

Shallow call:

But the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo, described the MPs as "stupid and shallow" and urged them to concentrate on their village politics.

"They don't understand what is going on in the world. The president was communicating the position of IGAD of which South Sudan is a member," Opondo said.

"We are, however, glad that as those MPs continue to badmouth the president, Riek Machar has responded and sent his team of negotiators to Addis Ababa for the talks."

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