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Wakiso councillors clash over age limit debate

By Job Nantakiika

Added 29th September 2017 10:51 AM

Council business went ahead without some of the NRM councillors

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Gombe division councillor Ronald Kasiriivu (L) attacked NRM councillors for refusing to allow the debate to take place. Photo by Job Nantakiika

Council business went ahead without some of the NRM councillors

Wakiso district councillors nearly came to blows after disagreeing on whether to wade into the presidential age limit debate or not.

Opposition councillors who entered the council with red bands on their heads wanted to debate the issue and condemn the way MPs were handled by security operatives in Parliament last week.

This was opposed by NRM councillors led by Hood Kaweesa from Bussi Island saying that the council has no mandate to discuss the issue since its being handled by Parliament.

The disagreement was escalated by women councillor for Bussi and Kasanjje sub counties Rose Kyakuwa of NRM when she said that she was not comfortable with opposition councillors wearing the red bands in the council meeting.

Council speaker Simon Nsubuga replied that whoever was not comfortable with it was free to leave and this saw many NRM walk out of the council chambers.

Calm later returned to the council after over an hour and council business went ahead without some of the NRM councillors.

NRM’s Golooba Kaweesi (right) confronting Opposition councillors who wanted to debate the presidential age-limit motion

Wakiso district chairman Matia Lwanga Bwanika pointed out that as a district council, they need to be briefed by Police about the murders that have been recorded in the district.

“Women are being killed in our district so we need to know how and why and then what solution has the Police got to handle the problem because we cannot just sit behind when our people are dying,” said Bwanika.

Later the council anonymously agreed that there is need to meet the inspector general of police Gen. Kale Keyihura over the matter as soon as possible.

 Some of the NRM councillors later moved out of the council chambers in protest

Immaculate Nakimbugwe from Kakiri Town Council raised a concern that three women have been killed and two more bodies dumped at Nkoowe.

She went on to say that killed should be added to the list of those killed in Nansana and Entebbe called for efforts to out an end to the killings to be extended to Kakiri as well.

Moses Kalemeera from Katabi said that there is need to have a delegation that will work with the office of the Inspector General of Police and brief the council on the findings.

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