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NRM majority should wake and guide parliament

Parliament has reconvened after sometime on recess. The break was preceded by that blight of a scuffle that necessitated intervention of specialized security to restore order and defend the sanctity of the legislature which was on the verge of overthrow by a section of unserious MPs.

The resumption of business has seen some serious business concluded like the approval of construction of a brand new international airport at Kabaale in Hoima district. It will serve the prospective oil city.

Back to the unserious MPs: they wish to provoke again. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who presided over the ill-fated session and her deputy, Jacob Oulanyah, should not be under pressure to explain anything. The duties of their job are well-known and they work under known regulations which can be challenged formally.

Dragging them into small arguments of personal misconduct by individuals is an attempt to blackmail them just because those opposed to constitutional amendments know they will lose any contest any time since they are the minority.

Ugandans have rejected violence and intolerance; that’s why they find it meaningless to side with riotous politicians.

They gave their mandate to MPs to do their work, of deliberating in spoken and written language, not to use mic stands and chairs like the so-called kifeesi.

What’s worse and a big joke is to see MPs who started the problem now coming out to play as victims yet they were the offenders. Parliament has existed for long. No extra security has had to be conscripted to restore order in such a way before.

NRM MPs did not respond when opposition initiated the situation, thus making it a one-sided escalation between opposition MPs and security officers. NRM should start taking on rivals head-on when they ask for it.

Like now, the NRM bench should be the one putting to task the opposite bench to explain their antagonistic behavior which led to destruction of government property. A motion should be drafted and tabled which should individually hold all MPs who instigated others and those who acted cruelly to answer for their behavior.

Footage exists showing who did what and when. Identifying culprits is not a problem. We also have transcripts of planning meetings leading up to the spectacle and, therefore, there are enough grounds to pin and expose those responsible.

While there are suggestions that the next time minority bench tries to cause chaos again, the majority bench should take them on man-for-man, NRM is civil organization that increasingly distinguishes itself by taking charge of its membership, inculcating tolerance and discussing issues.

That’s how the party manages to win over supporters time after time and to have its agenda determine parliamentary business. I see critics calling parliament a rubberstamp of NRM.

Why can’t that be when the numbers say so in a democracy? Parliament is the crux of democracy and established procedure; that’s how business is generated and processed. Everybody joined knowing this; so, no excuses are expected when it comes to fitting in.

I have previously stated that Uganda was headed for trouble if undeveloped members of the younger generation suddenly find themselves with power and clout. Rarely does it end well. That’s why we need senior leaders to stay some more and sow the seed of sobriety in our politics.

NRM’s bench has a sizeable number of these – MPs who have served at least three terms – and the opposition also has some. None of them were involved in the chaos, none of them was injured; they maintained their dignity and that’s why they are respected in their constituencies and are always voted.

So, I have this feeling that we risk handing over parliament to wrong hands. While age is not the problem, some players have been made to feel special just because they are energetic and have power when they don’t deserve it.

Therefore, at every opportunity, they will try to flaunt their presence even without substance. Let’s fight such tendencies and I call upon senior legislators to stand up and be counted; guide the rest.

I expect a motion condemning the wrongdoers as an example that we must respect the forums afforded us by democratic and expectant Ugandans.  

kirundaf2@yahoo.com

The author is a private assistant to the president on media management.

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+2 #1 Stewart 2017-12-05 08:55
When our founding fathers said the problem of Uganda is Poverty, Ignorance and Disease, as a child I didn't much understood the gravity of the problem, but nothing gets so painful to see the so called yellow graduates displaying high degree of ignorance as my brother Farouk, if only you can stand by those same words in the next decade, I would really appreciate it.
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+2 #2 Elly 2017-12-05 10:56
"We also have transcripts of planning meetings leading up to the spectacle"
"I expect a motion condemning the wrongdoers as an example that we "

"We", mwe baani-produce the evidence or shut up and stop profiting from the regime.
"I" deluded little man!!
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+2 #3 Lakwena 2017-12-05 11:25
I thought Kirunda, the violence worshiper, boot and butt-licker was resting in peace, but here he is, alive and kicking.

But if according to Kirunda, "... Ugandans have rejected violence and intolerance;" what does he have to comment about his boss, Mr. M7; who said that is the "Master of violence".
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0 #4 MARTIN MUTENYI 2017-12-05 15:24
Well Faruk Kirumba is the son of Faruk Minawa who was the director of state research at Nakasero.

His face tells you that he is a typical Anyanya of Nubi descent.

He has only faked kisoga name because his uncle former governor of Northen province Brigadier Ali Fadhul lived in Jinja.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2017-12-05 16:28
Quoting MARTIN MUTENYI:
Well Faruk Kirumba is the son of Faruk Minawa who was the director of state research at Nakasero.

His face tells you that he is a typical Anyanya of Nubi descent.

He has only faked kisoga name because his uncle former governor of Northen province Brigadier Ali Fadhul lived in Jinja.


In other words MARTIN, that's how Mr. M7 released the murderous Ali Fadhul and Abdallah Nassur from death row in Luzira.
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0 #6 Kizito Montezuma 2017-12-05 18:16
Faruk kirunda butt kisser extraordinaire is back with his nonsensical verbiage.

Why not crawl back under the rock where you've been hiding we won't miss your worthless opinions, you & your cohorts are the reason uganda is in such a mess so much so that we fail to pay sufficiently our own Ugandan trained doctors, our own flesh & blood yet, this very regime you support has the finances to import doctors all the way from Cuba to run our hospitals.

If there's no money to pay ugandan doctors, where did the money come from for importing Cubans? Mr. Furuk 'butt kisser' kirunda don't you see contradictions with this picture?

Don't you have the balls to once in your life stand & say something is very wrong with the way things are handled by your regime.

The regime you are rabidly protecting? You Sir are on the wrong side of history. We are watching.
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+3 #7 Lysol 2017-12-06 01:25
Quoting Lakwena:
Quoting MARTIN MUTENYI:
Well Faruk Kirumba is the son of Faruk Minawa who was the director of state research at Nakasero.

His face tells you that he is a typical Anyanya of Nubi descent.

He has only faked kisoga name because his uncle former governor of Northen province Brigadier Ali Fadhul lived in Jinja.


In other words MARTIN, that's how Mr. M7 released the murderous Ali Fadhul and Abdallah Nassur from death row in Luzira.


Lakwena, it's becoming too monotonous to start your comments by "In order words". Instead of trying to post your own views, it seems you tend to interpret/clarify other people views.

We would like to here you own views. Are you running out of ideas?
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+4 #8 Lysol 2017-12-06 01:31
This young man is clueless about what he is saying. Does he take the Ugandans for fools?

Having the majority in parliament, is not necessary democracy. Even in more advanced countries, like the USA or Germany the majority cannot deliver own their own.

They have to depend on the minority to pass a bill or in the case of Germany to form a government.

It's still dictatorship disguised as democracy if the majority always imposed its will on the people.
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-2 #9 Lakwena 2017-12-06 09:09
Quoting Lysol:

Lakwena, it's becoming too monotonous to start your comments by "In order words". Instead of trying to post your own views, it seems you tend to interpret/clarify other people views.

We would like to here you own views. Are you running out of ideas?


If Lysol had first thought before making his comment about Lakwena's "in other words", he wouldn't have made a fool of himself.

In other words, Lysol's name "appearance" herein is monotonous.

But Lysol, because there is nothing new, existence is monotony. E.g. how do you start and end your day? you do the same stupid things.
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0 #10 Lysol 2017-12-06 21:22
Ref: Lakwena
At least Lysol brings new ideas or information to this forum, while Lakwena, the so-called messenger, keeps on trying to explain other people's views.

That is boring, monotonous and stupid. No body cares how you spend your day/time and you shouldn't give a damn how I do mine either. Learn how to agree to disagree and be more creative next time.
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