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Politically, the northern MPs’ walk-out was cosmetic!

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st December 2003 03:00 AM

SIR— I have read Rtd Sgt George Segene’s letter of the day in The New Vision of November 24 under the title “Walking out of the House is not a strategy.” Sgt Segene referred to northern Uganda MPs who walked out of Parliament during a session.

SIR— I have read Rtd Sgt George Segene’s letter of the day in The New Vision of November 24 under the title “Walking out of the House is not a strategy.” Sgt Segene referred to northern Uganda MPs who walked out of Parliament during a session.

SIR— I have read Rtd Sgt George Segene’s letter of the day in The New Vision of November 24 under the title “Walking out of the House is not a strategy.” Sgt Segene referred to northern Uganda MPs who walked out of Parliament during a session.

The walk-out was not quite dignified but surprisingly expected of them. Some politicians from the north and north-eastern Uganda have deliberately not recognised the strategies the Government has put in place to end the war in the north. The same MPs have on many occasions aired their views on FM radios even disclosing the telephone calls they receive from their great Kony.

Ugandans have a lot to learn in the motives of these honourables than what meets the eye! I would further say that the MPs walked out of Parliament ostensibly to mourn and protest the recent death of a senior LRA official Charles Tabuley and others.

The senior politicians forgot to remember that Kony and his band of criminals have been killing people who go to their hide-outs to negotiate peace.

The recent and current peace negotiating team appointed by President Museveni consists of most of the rebelling MPs, yet nothing has come out of it since the LRA is not willing to talk peace.

That aside, the presidential amnesty, which has been extended several times, is still in force.

It is my view that all peace-loving Ugandans should deplore in strong terms the act of those MPs who walked out of Parliament. The business of the House should go on without them since theirs is a real indicator of support for Kony.

Furthermore the defence
ministry should do us a
credible job and publish
the names of supporters
and sympathisers of Kony.

Henry Akiiki-Mugisa
Kampala

SIR— The action of the MPs from northern Uganda who walked out of Parliament in protest at the Governments in ability to end the northern armed rebellion is just political waffle.

How many times have these MPs honestly issued public statements to condemn Kony who has decimated the Acholi sub region causing people to turn into refugees and vendalising property and killing hundreds .

The Government may at times have procrastinated about the stability in the Acholi subregion.

But the dehumanisation the people in the region have suffered is because of the flimsy approach the MPs from the region have given
the problem.

This war should not be used for cosmetic purposes. There must be seriousness and openness to the seemigly unending misery of Acholi.

Osma Dragu
Kampala

Politically, the northern MPs’ walk-out was cosmetic!

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