Speaker Anita Among Threatens to Expel MPs

Photo Courtesy: Speaker Anita Among

Speaker AnitahAmong has threatened to expel opposition members of parliament who continue to boycott plenary sittings because of the unresolved concerns on human rights violations.

While before parliament on Tuesday, she warned that if they miss 15 sittings in the row without seeking permission from her office for their absentia, she would revoke the rule against them.

Among questioned why the mps has taken to fighting outside parliament instead of dialoguing over the issue as a manner in which legislators should conduct themselves.

“You don’t fight when you are out, you fight when you are inside here. Just like in a home, when you are in a home and you are fighting with a woman, don’t run away be there, stay there so that we see who is who. So it isn’t good for us to go out and start lamenting from out, let us be here, solve our people’s problems getting out of this House isn’t a solution,” she said.

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According to Article (83) of the Constitution, a Member of Parliament may lose his or her seat in any of the following instances;

On resignation in writing to the Speaker;
If he or she subsequently ceases to qualify to be a Member of Parliament;
If he or she is absent from 15 sittings without permission of the Speaker;
If he or she is found guilty of violation of the Leadership Code of Conduct;
If he or she joins another party or leaves the party and decides to remain an Independent member;
If a member was elected as an independent and joins a party; or
On appointment as a public officer.

The opposition members of parliament decided to go on a boycott from parliamentary sittings after they failed to get answers to over 30 persons reported to be missing , a campaign which has been spear headed by members from the National Unity Platform.

According to respondents from the social media platform X , members of parliament are representatives of the people , once the people go missing there would be no use for representation in parliament.

Ernest Serubiri says; “Mps are people’s representatives incase people are beaten, abducted, tortured and killed. What is the importance of them sitting yet those they represent are no where to be seen.”

Kinene Mukibi says; “How many sittings have Mrs Museveni Janet & Ms Kadaaga Rebecca missed in a row?

Naloongo, could you begin with those mentioned above then u can come back to the public & we discuss others.
Thank you”

Joseph mind noted; “Instead of threatening to expel them, Act on their plight, you may think they are in comedy, but the day one of her family members will go missing, she will learn the hard way.”

Pius Jadwar appeals to the speaker saying ; Imagine, that when you return home, your twins are missing. For two or three years, not just for a day. What would you think? That’s the experience that a lot of families have. Take immediate action! Be uncomfortable.”

It is over a year since these people in question went missing following Nup riots .

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