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Speaker Suspends 25 Legislators

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The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has suspended 25 legislators for disrupting business in the house on Tuesday evening.

The suspended MPs, mostly opposition members of parliament, are barred from attending any committee meetings or near the precincts of parliament for three sittings.

Some of the suspended legislators are Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Mubaraka Munyagwa, Joseph Ssewungu, Sam Lyomoki, Betty Nambooze and Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

“The speaker also suspended the Water State Minister, Ronald Kibuule for carrying a pistol into the house.”

After suspending the legislators, Kadaga asked them to vacate the house in vain. As a result, the speaker suspended the house for 30 minutes to allow the legislators to leave the house.

The legislators put up a fight when the sergeant at arms attempted to push them out of the house leading to fresh chaos. The speaker and several members of parliament were seen fleeing for dear life from the angry legislators.

Trouble for the legislators started on Tuesday night when they stirred chaos in parliament to block Raphael Magyezi, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party from presenting a motion pushing for the removal of the presidential age limit from the constitution of Uganda.

The move is widely seen as an attempt by NRM to extend president, Yoweri Museveni’s stay when he clocks his retirement age 75 years. The Igara East MP, Raphael Magyezi is expected to present his motion once the house resumes.

There is heavy regular police and military police deployment around the precincts of parliament.

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