Tension in Uganda House ahead of age limit debate

Chaotic scene in Uganda's Parliament after Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suspended 25 MPs, including Water minister Ronald Kibuule, on September 27, 2017. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Tension remained high in the Uganda parliament on Monday as it prepared to debate the presidential age limit bill.

The opposition members alleged the presence of strangers in the Chambers, but Speaker Rebecca Kadaga dismissed them, saying, they were her bodyguards.
"These are my people. Yes, they are my bodyguards, .... Don’t you want me to have security?" she asked.

Ms Kadaga later suspended six MPs from seven sittings of the House.

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She accused them of misconduct.

“Don’t come back in the afternoon,” Ms Kadaga said just moments after adjourning the House to 2pm (+3GMT).

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs ululated following her directive as the Opposition came to terms with what this means in terms of the Opposition’s numbers when the matter is put to a vote most probably by the end of this week.

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