President Museveni had right from the word go, discouraged Minister Persis Namuganza’s censure by Speaker Annet Anita Among Magogo’s-led Parliament. He had rather wished Namuganza to apologize to Among and the issue end there.
This is why the President sent his Premier, Robinah Nabbanja Musafiiri to speak to Among and Namuganza to bury the hatchet. Museveni had done this because he had been informed by his spies at parliament, what was at stake was merely a crash of egos between the two hugely proud women, rather than a complicated issue.
Among being a very arrogant woman in the league of Namuganza, the two would reject the President’s parental guidance, to sit together and have a meeting of minds. Museveni would rebel by henceforth ignoring to neither comment about whatever Among’s Parliament was debating in regard to censuring his minister, nor talking to the Speaker to stop what she was up to.
To show he was not in agreement with what Among was doing, when the had finally called a full Parliament to censure his minister, Museveni directed his army MPs not turn up or participate in the exercise. What the Commander-in-Chief was looking to demonstrate is that his much-cherished army is not agreeable to being used to fight personal wars.
Had it been a matter Museveni had interest in, he would have issued a very strict order to all the army MPs to attend without fail. And default thereof by any army MP should have attracted severe consequences for any given offender. To understand what we are driving at, one need to walk back in history and remember what befell Col. Bogere when he chose to abstain from voting on issues Museveni had vested interest in.
Remembering the president had discouraged Among from proceeding with the censure and ignored the debate about the issue before directing his army MPs not to credit the censure, one can easily out figure the son of Late Kaguta`s mind on this matter. That said, one can hazard what is going to happen exactly when this matter is finally placed at the President’s table to approve or disapprove Parliament’s decision.
Now, a reminder of what has been the hottest exchanges between Among and Namuganza. Among was saying what she was after was to protect the integrity of Parliament by reigning in disrespectful and reckless people. Such people, she asserts, include the princess from Bukono in Namuganza. Her wish was for Namuganza and people like her, to stop from joking with the institution she leads.
Namuganza told Among to go ahead with the censure motion. After all, she insisted, what was going on was a revenge because her husband Geoffrey Rwakabaale, had stopped what she brands as Speaker Among and Eng. Moses Magogo’s false marriage. Despite the court case Namuganza had filed, Among insisted the Minister’s censure had to go on all the same, to its logical conclusion.
As the censure was underway, Namuganza mocked Among for using what the Speaker claims are forgeries of Museveni instructions to falsely accuse her. Those are which instructions, the Speaker claims, Namuganza had used to give away chunks of land at Naguru Housing Estate, and to reserve some for herself. But Namuganza mocked the Speaker for falsely feeling more aggrieved than the President. She wonders why the President raised no complaint but Among was dying to `protect` him!
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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