FRESH DETAILS ON MEN WHO STORMED PARLIAMENT EMERGE
By Mulengera Reporter
Two men who jumped from Parliament’s Visitors’ Gallery to the Plenary Chamber have been detained for damaging the railing and the fluorescent tube, sparking off a noise that temporarily disrupted proceedings. MPs were debating a statement by junior Lands Minister Persis Namuganza on the International Land Information Systems Conference when the noise, which many thought had sprung from gunshots, went off.
But the Office of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has since clarified that “contrary to some media reports, there was never firing of gunshots inside or in the precincts of Parliament.” Later identified as Datala Ssenjako and Charles Mutasa Kafeero, both aged 36 and hailing from Kampala’s Kawempe Division, the men who orchestrated the disruption seemed to have gone to Parliament to protest corruption.
According to the Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s Press Secretary Sam Obbo, “upon jumping into the plenary gallery, the two men shouted, claiming that corruption stems from Parliament.”
Obbo added that police’s preliminary investigations indicate that “the duo had ulterior motives.” Ssenjako and Kafeero have been interrogated, detained and are expected to be produced in court. In recent years, a group of youths belonging to the Jobless Brotherhood have severally protested government corruption by throwing pigs at Parliament, among other key public places.