It has emerged that the opposition NUP party, currently leading the alternative voices in Parliament, intends to keep engaging Bobi Wine’s Raba Doda style in order to trivialize and eventually cripple Speaker Anita Among if she doesn’t back off her threats to sanction legislators who boycott plenary sessions of Parliament.
The Speaker recently threatened to replicate what her predecessor Rebecca Kadaga did against David Sejusa and Tony Kipoi whose membership of the 9th Parliament was brought to a dramatic end after they stayed away from Parliament and missed 10 consecutive plenary sittings without permission of the Speaker. Among’s threats were in response to the more than one month boycot by the Mathias Mpuuga-led opposition caucus members in protest to torture and other human rights violations by the government.
There are indicators that the boycott, which is one of the ways through which Mpuuga could appease the NUP crowd, his appointing authority and keep his LoP job into 2026, will indefinitely be extended since majority opposition supporters, foot soldiers and key decision-makers didn’t appreciate the contents of the government response or statement as was proclaimed on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday by State Minister for Internal Affairs Gen David Muhoozi.
Insiders at the Kavule-based NUP headquarters say that their strategists have worked out some way forward on how to defy Anita Among’s threats without getting caught by the 15 days’ rule. “Our MPs, under the able leadership of Mathias Mpuuga, will be keeping away from at least 13-14 sittings and collectively re-appear in Parliament on the 14th day so that they don’t become 15 sittings for Among to be able to invoke the 15 days’ rule. That will have to be repeated each time it’s about to become 15 sittings missed. That way we shall deprive Among of chance to chase away our MPs since the rule says 15 consecutive sittings. Our members will be boycotting and staying away until our demands are met but they will never allow them to become 15 consecutive sittings. You all saw how much paralysis they caused to Anita Among’s Parliament after missing less than 10 consecutive sittings. We are going to create so much uncertainty in the mind of Tayebwa and Anita Among to the extent that sometimes, our members will be returning on the day of the 15 sittings and we see what the Speaker legally do.”
“There is a lot we are going to keep achieving through such boycotts and other forms of protest because we have to expose the dictator at every opportunity. We shall soon be demanding the tabling of the Bamuturaki report and debate on the billions lost at Uganda Airlines. We shall also be using our MPs to demand the tabling of that report and the one on Cooperatives which unearthed a lot of dirt and fraud in the Cooperatives Movement yet the same is being shielded because it implicates many NRM MPs and Ministers yet the money that was stolen was meant for poor Union members and Ugandans who are our voters,” elaborated a top NUP official who was not comfortable speaking on record.
“We actually intend to unleash numerous protest tricks and boycotting Parliament is just one of them; otherwise as NUP, we are determined to shine a torch of scrutiny on many scandals and abuse of power forms which the Junta has been masking using Parliament.” (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).