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Uganda:MPs, Nabakooba clash over Kayihura summons
Published on 5-08-2016 - at 02:15' by Daily Monitor

Opposition MPs on the Defence and Internal Affairs committee have rejected Ms Judith Nabakooba as its chairperson, accusing her of conflict of interest, having been a senior officer of police under the command of the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.

Opposition MPs on the Defence and Internal Affairs committee have rejected Ms Judith Nabakooba as its chairperson, accusing her of conflict of interest, having been a senior officer of police under the command of the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.

Five Opposition MPs yesterday stormed out of a committee meeting after Gen Kayihura snubbed summons to appear and instead opted to delegate his deputy, Mr Martin Okoth Ochola.

The MPs had prepared to take on Gen Kayihura over the brutality meted out to Opposition supporters by police goons, masked men and commanding officers.

Mr Ochola read a letter from Gen Kayihura explaining that he had travelled to Nairobi for a security meeting, triggering the ire of Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, who said Ms Nabakooba has been heard on Radio Simba saying the IGP would not attend because the issue of police brutality was being handled by court.

With Gen Kayihura absent, the MPs demanded that the meeting be postponed to a time when he will be personally present to explain police the actions, a demand that was rejected by Ms Nabakooba.
In a closed-door meeting to decide a way forward, Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye told Ms Nabakooba to disqualify herself from committee proceedings, saying she can’t objectively rule on matters concerning her former boss.

“By refusing to step down from the proceedings, both the committee and Kayihura lost. It is clear that she cannot objectively handle issues involving her former bosses. I told her to call Kayihura and tell him to come,”Mr Mwijukye said.

Ms Nabakooba served as acting police spokesperson in 2010 before she was confirmed into the senior officers’ job that she left in 2014. She later became deputy political commissar of the police.

Mr Kivumbi said Gen Kayihura was required because there were incidences where police acts directly under his command to execute illegalities, questions that cannot be answered by his juniors.
“Nabakooba wants to be used to keep cover for Kayihura. She is being used by the IGP to undermine Parliament and we will not accept that. The police, where she comes from, has been brutalising people. We cannot attend a public relations meeting. There are a lot questions that only Kayihura can answer,”Mr Kivumbi said.

However, Ms Nabakooba insisted her relationship with police cannot cloud her objectivity, saying other MPs with a security background have led the committee before.

“We did not call them as witnesses. We called them for interaction. Probably, when we call them for meetings next time, that is when you can ask me these questions[about my impartiality],” she said.

“I am not the first person to chair this committee with a security background. Several MPs have chaired this Committee with that background. We are seeing even other committees where the chairs are also responsible for people who were their bosses.”

Despite the absence of Opposition MPs, the meeting proceeded with a presentation from police tackling wide-ranging issues such as recruitment and security for 2016 polls.


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