21 September 2017

Uganda: Eight Unusual Things Happening Ahead of Age Limit Debate

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Deputy Speaker,Jacob Oulanyah chairs the plenary session of parliament recently . PHOTO BY ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA

Lawmakers, known for skipping House sittings, flood Parliament hours before Thursday afternoon proceeding.

- Low-flying police helicopter circles Parliament, something unseen in recent times.

- Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah access House through improvised back entrance instead of the main gate.

- Police turn some MPs away from accessing Parliament, block all from parking in the official car park.

- 20 junior ministers in an unprecedented move join two Cabinet ministers for a press conference announcing the Executive's endorsement of the plan to scrap age limit.

- Arrests, unrests as army, police place city under security lockdown

- Anti-terrorism police and army, carrying military-grade weapons, mass around Parliament

- Gun snatched from a policeman at Gazaland shopping mall on William Street in the city centre

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