The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has told off Members of Parliament that the August House is not a safe haven for criminals.
Oulanyah made the remarks on Tuesday while responding to a matter raised by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze who had requested Parliament to rescue Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who is currently under house arrest.
Bobi Wine was put under house arrest on Monday following the cancellation of his Kyarenga extra concert by Police.
“Mr Speaker Sir, you are supposed to assist us to be able to do work in Parliament but as we sit here, the people of Kyadondo East can’t be represented because their MP has been detained in his home together with his children,” said Nambooze.
“The fact that an MP cannot leave his home to come to Parliament, I beg that government comes out clearly whether it is an offence to dress in red and sing slogans of People Power.”
However, Oulanyah said that the solution to Bobi Wine’s troubles lies with the police and the legislator himself.
“Parliament is not a haven or a place of safety for criminal conduct; if you commit a crime outside Parliament, the privileges and immunities of Parliament cannot protect you. Parliament is not a haven for criminality,” he said.
Adding, ““You will not have the protection of Parliament and there are procedures for dealing with these things, so let us be honourable in the way we do things.”
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