The deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya, has refuted reports that parliament gave President Museveni two days’ ultimatum to respond to speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s letter on MPs’ torture.
The tough talking Oulanya accused journalists for for misquoting him, urging culprits to correct this.
In a plenary sitting yesterday, members of Parliament had vowed to at least shun parliament sitting until when president Museveni responds to speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s letter calling on him to name and prosecute all security operatives involved in torturing legislators in Arua and the Public.
Following unresolved discussions, a stand was taken when Oulanya asked legislator Moses Kasibante how much time he and others wanted to give the president to respond to the letter, to which Kasibante answered; “Two days”.
“I just want to know from the experts who know how the president responds to his letters, how much time should we give the president, since now you are defining the calendar of the president,” Oulanya posed.
“Two days,” Kasibante answered
“House adjourned for two days,” Oulanya ruled.
However, while officiating the swearing ceremony of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Kassiano Wadri on Wednesday, Oulanya claimed he was misquoted by press who allegedly wanted to escalate situations
“Why do we deliberately try to escalate situations, parliament never gave anybody any ultimatum, correct this impression because ordinary people out there think there is a big fight between the president and parliament,” Oulanya said.
“You were in parliament, give us courtesy to report correctly, I am the one that concluded the debate and I never gave president any ultimatum, please correct this impression because it is misleading and dangerous for the democracy of this country and people’s wellbeing,” he added.
In November last year, Kadaga wrote to the president following an attack on parliament by security officers attached to the President’s office. In the letter, Kadaga wanted to know who attacked the House and why, but her letter was only put to record by the media as Museveni never replied nor acknowledged receipt.