Jacob Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament has cautioned legislators to concentrate on their legislative duties and let Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi live his life.
Early this week, , Gen Matayo Kyaligonza called a press conference at which he tried to clarify his involvement in a February 24 altercation with Sergeant Esther Namaganda, a female traffic officer.
Then Kyaligonza labeled MPs who came up with the resolutions to have him recalled from his diplomatic duties ‘fools.’
However, some members were not happy with the General and castigated him.
On Wednesday, Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume raised a motion before Parliament to again pass a resolution to have Gen. Kyaligonza relieved of his duties because he disrespected Parliament.
But Oulanyah warned Mugume about raising irrelevant motions and instead leave out important issues that affect the people he represents.
“Honorable members some things don’t define what we are. We know what we are and what we do. If somebody called me a fool, I would look at them and smile. I wouldn’t take it beyond that,” Oulanyah said.
After silencing, Mugume, Erute County South representative Jonathan Odur also came up with a motion to have all bush war generals undergo counselling as a means of helping them to ‘recover from their bushy mentality.’
His suggestion was immediately rejected by Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa who asked him to respect generals.
Nankabirwa said: “I was wondering whether the MP who has been holding the floor to insinuate that all the Generals who went to the bush require medical check-up yet we have General Museveni who has spearheaded the leadership (of this country) to the extent of being recognized globally are mentally wanting and therefore, attract medical attention.”
This forced the Oulanyah to caution all Members of Parliament to always concentrate on their work and leave the issues of generals for generals.