The government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa has urged the leader of the opposition Winfred Kiiza to negotiate with government instead of using violence to block the Age limit removal bill while addressing media at parliament.
The chief whip said that the opposition demanded the deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah to adjourn the house yesterday on grounds that parliament was under military siege which undermines its independence.
She defended that the deployment noting that government acted on intelligence to deploy heavily because some people wanted to attack MPs and also burn parliament.
She also criticized the opposition for being rowdy by blowing whistles and tying red ribbons to intimidate NRM MPs which has made many females especially resort to wearing long dresses and trousers to avoid embarrassment.
Peter Ogwang of Usuk County in Katakwi district and the women representatives of Alebtong and Amolatar Christine Aceng and Doreen Amulle among others described the incidents in and outside at parliament yesterday as acts of hooliganism.
Meanwhile, some NRM MPs have vowed to frustrate Igara West Raphael Magyezi’s efforts to move a motion seeking leave to introduce the lifting of the presidential age limit bill.
Magyezi who wrote to the speaker with a notice of motion seeking leave of parliament to introduce a private member’s bill has received sharp criticism from both the opposition and members of his own party the NRM.
Those opposed to the bill include Kumi woman MP Monicah Amoding who is calling for talks on peaceful power transition, Patrick Oshabe Nsamba of Kassanda county North who wants the government to urgently set up a constitutional review commission.
Others are Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambeshe, Theodore Ssekikubo who are urging their colleagues not to silence voices of dissent over the bill.