The speaker of the eleventh parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah says the institution he heads will not interfere with the trial of the National Unity Platform party Members of parliament for Makindye West (Allan Ssewanyana) and Kawempe North (Muhammad Ssegirinya)
Oulanyah made the confession during the Wednesday plenary session in which the Kalungu East legislator Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu lobbied for parliament intervention in the indictment of their fellow legislators.
On Tuesday, the Masaka Chief Magistrates Court presided by Justice Charles Yeitesi remanded the two legislators and two other civilians to Kitalya prison on murder charges linked to the Masaka killings.
“We will not interfere in criminal proceedings,” Oulanyah swore. “If you thought parliament will shield you from trial then you’re doomed because we will not interfere with what is transpiring,” he added.
Oulanyah says parliament interference will sabotage security’s work and yet the whole country is eagerly interested in the investigations. He adds that what NUP MPs should do is take their battle to the courtroom instead of expecting parliament to be their battleground.
“What is in court should be finished in court,” Oulanyah urged. “This is a matter of public interest. We can’t place parliament at stake,” he added.