Kadaga orders Tumwine to explain his warning to Parliament

Former Speaker of Uganda's Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. Courtesy Photo.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has ordered that security minister Gen Elly Tumwine makes a statement to the House following a radio interview in which he attacked Parliament over its decision on the Nommo Gallery.

The order came on Thursday evening after Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante said that Gen Tumwine’s statement on CBS radio were demeaning to the person of the Speaker and of the whole parliament.

“Gen. Tumwine, in an interview with CBS Radio said that neither the Speaker nor the Members of Parliament had any information about the matter concerning Nommo Gallery. He should have come to the House and explained to us instead of insulting this House to which he belongs,” Kasibante said.

Gen Tumwine was quoted in The Observer newspaper as saying that, “if they built it, let them come and evict me. Parliament is not doing its work properly; they are part of the group that wants the gallery.”

Parliament last week directed Tumwine to pay rent arrears amounting to over Shs1.6 billion to the Uganda National Cultural Centre and to immediately vacate Nommo Gallery.

The directive followed a parliamentary committee on gender, labour and social development report that Gen Tumwine’s private company- Creations Limited was occupying Nommo Gallery since 1998 without paying rent despite government maintaining the same premises.

Kadaga said that time shall be allocated to the Gen Tumwine to make a statement on the same.

“I was waiting for us to finalize with the budget process and then he will certainly explain himself to this House. Some issues will have to be forwarded to the committee on Rules, privileges and discipline,” Kadaga said.

However, Tumwine told journalists outside the parliament chamber this evening that CBS radio from where he spoke had misquoted him.

“We give information to you journalists but you add your own things. I was misquoted but God should forgive you [CBS],” Tumwine said.

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