Nabila Sempala, Kampala Woman Mp explains her stand on why she defied walk-out protest during Chogm report. She says the deabate is good for closure in the counrty.
Parliament was this afternoon treated to a dramatic walk out by the opposition MPs protesting againts the circumstances under which three ministers and the Vice president Gilbert Bukenya, were exonerated of any wrongdoing regarding the CHOGM.
But Nabila Sempala, the Kampala Woman MP r efused to walk out saying shesaw no reason for the match-out protest.
Last week, opposition Chief Whip, Wadri Kasiano stopped Speaker of parliament, Edward Ssekandi from placing the question to clear VP from any wrong doing in the 2007 Chogm mess.Over 500 billion shillings was allocated to cater for the smooth operation of more than 50 heads of government.
Kasiano told Parliament that the opposition could not be part of a ploy to protect people who abuse the tax payer’s money. He then led other MPs in a match out protest.
According to Nabila, the chief whip should have consulted first before making such a move.For her, two wrongs could not make a right. She therefore opted to remain.
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Nabila now says she made a decision on behalf of the people Kampala, whom she represents. It was time the Chogm debate was dealt with to its conclusion. The country needed to learn from the event to prevent the same mistakes committed during Chogm.
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Nabila notes that parliament needs to focus on the current pressing issues. The sky-rocketing food and oil prices should be the main pointer of discussion. The recently concluded sham elections is yet another factor parliament should be debating about. She urges politicians to be realistic and sensitive the ongoing problems.
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It is not the first time that opposition MPs walk out of parliament. But their move has not had any effect on the business at hand.
During the 2009/10 budget reading, legislators from the opposition side of parliament stormed out but little did they know that the budget would still pass.