Kadaga overthrew constitution, says FDC

Following last week’s chaotic events at parliament, the Forum for Democratic Change has said that  by allowing security forces into the chambers, speaker Rebbeca Kadaga  overthrew both the constitution and parliament.

There were ugly scenes on the floor of Parliament on September 27 as the House turned into a battle ground for legislators supporting and those against amendment of the Constitution to lift the presidential age limit limits,.

Speaking to journalists on Monday at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, FDC deputy spokesperson Paul Mwiru said it was appalling for Kadaga to allow people he termed as strangers to storm the chambers and carry out illegal arrests of legislators.

“There were many ways she could have brought sanity on the floor of parliament but allowing strangers was wrong,”Mwiru told journalists.“She owes an apology for overthrowing the constitution and parliament when she allowed them.”

Ugly scenes were witnessed as security officers belonging to the Special Forces Command, the elite force that guards the president, forcefully whisked away legislators especially  those from the opposition.

Many other legislators were injured in the scuffle that saw parliament chairs and microphones turn into weapons.

However, according to the deputy FDC mouthpiece, this could have been prevented if the speaker had played her cards well.

“She could have adjourned the house to another sitting and deny access to the suspended members. What she did was unfair,” Mwiru said.

Asked to comment on the legislators who were seen throwing chairs in the air and also using microphones as weapons, Mwiru said this was justifiable because the MPs were defending themselves against invaders.

Speaking at a function over the weekend,Kadaga defended her actions  saying she could not allow what is happening in South Africa to take place in the Ugandan parliament.

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