National
MPs protest Kayihura absence from committee
Publish Date: Apr 01, 2014
MPs protest Kayihura absence from committee
MPs want Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura to give an of Police investigations into a 2000 Kanungu inferno
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Umaru Kashaka 

KAMPALA - Legislators on the committee of defence and internal affairs wrote a formal protest letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura after he failed to appear before them over issues relating to a Kanungu inferno.

An estimated 1,000 worshippers on March 17, 2000 – 14 years ago – gathered in a church building just outside Kanungu town and were burnt to cinders after they allegedly locked themselves in and set the building on fire.

The killings were blamed on a religious cult known as the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God led by Joseph Kibwetere.

The committee chaired by Mubende Woman MP Benny Namugwanya last Friday resolved to meet Kayihura on Monday to ascertain the timing, extent and outcomes of Police investigations, if any, into the inferno.

Kayihura was also expected to brief the committee on whether there were any cases reported to Police concerning the activities of Kibwetere’s church prior to the blaze and what actions were taken.

They also wanted to know from the Police boss the status of international arrest warrants, if any, for the culprits accused of masterminding the massacre.

However, in a verbal communication, the IGP requested the committee through the chairperson to reschedule the meeting to enable him come with all the information the committee needed.

Lawmakers however took exception to the failure by the IGP to write a letter to the committee explaining his nonappearance, noting that he had held the committee in contempt.

“Let’s treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves.  We should not allow anyone to hold this committee in contempt. Why didn’t he write a letter to the committee that he is not going to appear so that we don’t waste time and fuel coming here for no business?” asked Bubulo East MP Simon Mulongo.

“The issue of Kibwetere has been in parliament for so long. The petitioners have been to almost every office over this matter and now we summon somebody and he does not appear to help us execute our mandate,” Emmanuel Eriaku from Kabelebyong County wondered.

The MPs also want the IGP on Wednesday this week to explain the recent actions of Police storming certain upcountry radio stations and stopping talk shows involving opposition leaders from taking place.

“The IGP also has to explain to us why the Police have been blocking the opposition from holding peaceful meetings about the need for electoral reforms.  May be he has got a point, we need to know that because to me that is an attack on the Constitution and abuse of the public order law,” Muwanga noted.

The committee also intends to meet with President Yoweri Museveni over the judicial commission of inquiry he instituted following the massacre.

“The president is the only person who can enable us access the report because he is the one who put in place this commission to investigate the Kanungu fire,” said Namugwanya.

“We are trying our best to reach him and fix the appointment before compiling our report.”

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Uganda gives M23 rebels deadline to leave
UGANDA has issued a three-month ultimatum to Democratic Republic of Congo to relocate hundreds of ex-rebel fighters or they will be handed to the United Nations...
Another police recruit dies after sprint test
A 25 year old youth identified as Nicholas Ngombya has died at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital after he collapsed during the sprint test for police recruitment exercise...
NRM executives yet to assume office
THE newly appointed NRM executives are yet to take office, pending receipt of their appointment letters and terms of reference...
Media banned from reporting on Kasiwukira investigation
MAKINDYE Chief Magistrate''s Court has banned media from reporting any out-of-court investigations in connection with the death of city businessman Erias Ssebunya Bugembe...
Ongwen lawyer: Who is Helene Cisse?
Helene Cisse, who is Dominic Ongwen''s Duty Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, is a veteran of the law profession....
MSF quits Sudan states over government
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced Thursday its withdrawal from two conflict-hit Sudanese states, saying the government had made it impossible to provide help....
Do you agree with the new tax on private schools?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter