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Shock as MPs fail to write Kasese killings report

Kasese in the aftermath of the November 2016 clashes

MPs have been shocked to discover that a year later, the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs is still struggling to have a report on the deadly Kasese clashes to present to the House. The report was supposed to be presented within 45 days.

In November 2016, parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga tasked the committee, chaired by Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba, to investigate the Kasese clashes between residents and the security forces of November 2016 in which about 150 people, including children, died.

Usually, committees are required to investigate and report to the House within one and half months and where the committee feels it cannot fulfill that requirement, the committee chairperson writes to the Speaker to request more time.

Following Busongora North MP William Nzoghu’s complaint to the House that the people in Kasese wanted to hold a memorial service but were blocked by security and have nowhere to complain, deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah asked for the committee report, which vice chairperson Kezekia Mbogo said was ready.

It was, however, after allocating time for presentation of the committee report that the House discovered that no report has ever been written, a year later.

Both Mbogo and Nabakooba were not available in the House and Oulanyah’s attempts to find out from the committee clerk revealed that not even a draft was about to be ready.

Butambala MP and committee member Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi said Mbogo had earlier misinformed Parliament that the report was ready for presentation.

Kivumbi informed Parliament that there was nothing that his committee has ever written down on the Kasese clashes since the time the MPs met President Museveni as one of the witnesses. He wondered how Parliament could investigate a matter that was before the courts of law.

“I attended the meeting at State House, Entebbe. The President in a tough tone wondered how Parliament would continue with investigations, fully aware of the case before court and said the matter was prejudicial and requested the Speaker to order the committee to stop work immediately and the meeting diverted to other issues, including MPs asking the President for favours, so there is not even a draft of that [Kasese killings] report,” Kivumbi said.

Oulanyah asked committee chairpersons to take their duties seriously to avoid delaying parliament business.

“So please let’s take it as our responsibility to finish matters that are before the committees in time. Complete the task so that parliament can take a decision other than playing these kind of games,” Oulanyah said.

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+8 #1 Eddie motema 2018-01-12 04:43
What's there to be shocked about? Andrew Kiyiira murderers have never been found, the Scotland yard report has never been released, Mayombo's abrupt demise is still a mystery, Nebanda's quick death has never been resolved &his so called boyfriend implicated in her death is roaming free released many moons ago, the judge lady gunned down on her way home no report yet, the most recent violence death of kaweesi has no final report, probably never will.

The greater masaka killings, the entebbe murders on & on. The kasese massacre inquiry will never see the day light
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+3 #2 kabayekka 2018-01-12 04:47
That is an example of an African house of legislation that stands firm for older people to do government business without hinderance.
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0 #3 kelem 2018-01-12 08:43
They are still under the spell of life presidency
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+4 #4 Lakwena 2018-01-12 08:50
But Observer, I don't think there was such a thing as "deadly Kasese clashes". What happened in Kasese was outright massacre of civilians.

If it was a deadly Kasese clashes you want us to believe, then there would have also been some soldiers/policemen killed; but that was not the case.

In other words, since there was no balance of power (mutually agreed destruction- [MAD]), it couldn't have been a deadly clash.

I say this because, In 1987; Mr. M7 gloated to the Daily Nation over how the NRA massacred pretesting civilians: women and Children at Kona (Corner) Kilak. And no investigation has ever been instituted.
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+2 #5 Odongkara 2018-01-12 11:30
This was a deliberate govt army massacre and nobody should believe it that a genuine report will be written and debated.

Pray for the souls of the innocent victims to find peaceful eternal rest with God as they await the arrival of the souls of the ones who committed the crime so as to plead their before the Almighty creator and that is when the true report will be presented and justly debated.

God comfort the widows and orphans left.
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+1 #6 gwok 2018-01-12 14:15
Quoting Eddie motema:
What's there to be shocked about? Andrew Kiyiira murderers have never been found, the Scotland yard report has never been released, Mayombo's abrupt demise is still a mystery, Nebanda's quick death has never been resolved &his so called boyfriend implicated in her death is roaming free released many moons ago, the judge lady gunned down on her way home no report yet, the most recent violence death of kaweesi has no final report, probably never will.

The greater masaka killings, the entebbe murders on & on. The kasese massacre inquiry will never see the day light


Look here, we know what happened there, don't we? That report is not necessary.

If it is justice that the Ruwens want, they might have it [possibly in their own way] in the future and definitely not under the current regime.
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0 #7 gwok 2018-01-13 02:44
Quoting Lakwena:
But Observer, I don't think there was such a thing as "deadly Kasese clashes". What happened in Kasese was outright massacre of civilians.

If it was a deadly Kasese clashes you want us to believe, then there would have also been some soldiers/policemen killed; but that was not the case.

In other words, since there was no balance of power (mutually agreed destruction- [MAD]), it couldn't have been a deadly clash.

I say this because, In 1987; Mr. M7 gloated to the Daily Nation over how the NRA massacred pretesting civilians: women and Children at Kona (Corner) Kilak. And no investigation has ever been instituted.

We the Kalenjins too.
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0 #8 gwok 2018-01-13 02:51
Quoting Eddie motema:
What's there to be shocked about? Andrew Kiyiira murderers have never been found, the Scotland yard report has never been released, Mayombo's abrupt demise is still a mystery, Nebanda's quick death has never been resolved &his so called boyfriend implicated in her death is roaming free released many moons ago, the judge lady gunned down on her way home no report yet, the most recent violence death of kaweesi has no final report, probably never will.

The greater masaka killings, the entebbe murders on & on. The kasese massacre inquiry will never see the day light


Well spoken. I wonder, though, where you were when it was being done up north.

We northerners deserve to keep our mouths shut too, at least, for a while, for it is others' turn.
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