Mpuuga defies Among's orders, vows to escalate demands 

Politics

In a fiery exchange, Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga accused the speaker of diversion tactics, emphasizing their unwavering commitment to pressing the government on human rights violations.

Mpuuga asserted, "There is no constituency that elected any MP on account of being an athlete or footballer. Ours is a humble call to the Speaker as a neutral arbiter to follow up on her order to the executive."

Amid threats to escalate demands, Mpuuga warns the government, stating, "Our lawful acts cannot be put to the test. If the government fails to explain, we may include missing bodies in our demands."

Government Chief Whip Denis Hamson Obua dismissed the opposition's actions as activism, asking, "For how long will this parliament continue with activism? We support the use of all mechanisms to compel our colleagues to return."

Peter Ogwang criticized the opposition's absence, saying, "If you (Speaker) don’t stand firm, it is like this institution has become a national theatre. We all want to accept that there is activism at play."

Speaker Among reminds the house that this is the sixth time the opposition has missed plenary sessions, attributing the current issues to problems inherited from previous administrations.

Among defended herself, saying, "The cause of action wasn’t by this house, the decision wasn’t by the Speaker. We inherited problems, and I shouldn’t be held liable because it happened when I was not in this House."

MP Jonathan Ewbalu urges the Speaker to compel the executive to be accountable, stating, "It is the responsibility of the parliament to hold the executive accountable. Madam Speaker, you have the power, compel the executive to come."

However, Anita Among dismissed the idea, saying,"I am not here to resolve corridor talks. Do not degenerate me to that."

As the political rift intensifies, Parliament remains divided over the opposition's boycott and the government's refusal to offer further explanations on missing persons.

The standoff raises concerns about the effectiveness of parliamentary proceedings and the ongoing struggle between activism and governance in Uganda.

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