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The legislators led by Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba want the House to discuss the political situation in the country with particular focus on how police is handling Dr. Kizza Besigyes movements.

Opposition legislators have embarked on the process to mobilise 143 signatures to recall parliament from recess.

The legislators led by Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba want the House to discuss the political situation in the country with particular focus on how police is handling Dr. Kizza Besigye's movements.
 
Niwagaba will lead a team of MPs to draft a motion to recall parliament from recess under Rule 20 of parliament rules of procedure.
 
The other MPs on the team include Medard Lubega Sseggona for Busiro East, Abdu Katuntu of Bugweri County and Gerald Kaluhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality MP.
 
Rule 20 of parliament's rules of procedure stipulates that parliament shall be recalled from recess by a request made in writing by at least one third of all Members of Parliament. The request is supposed to be in form of a petition made to the Speaker stating the business to be considered and prayers sought.
 
Upon receipt of the petition, the Speaker may summon parliament within twenty one days. Parliament adjourned for recess on October 6th and it is expected to resume on November 14th.
 
Addressing journalists at parliament, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze noted that police brutality and persecution will not solve the political questions of the country.
 
Nambooze noted that parliament must execute its mandate and spearhead the process of kick-starting a national dialogue.
 
She said that the petition and motion being drafted will also highlight the continued ethnic related killings in Kasese, the land saga in Bunyoro and others. She noted that the petition and the accompanying motion will be ready on Friday.
 
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Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba notes that parliament is mandated under Article 79 of the Constitution to be the champion of good governance, peace and accountability.
 
Niwagaba is optimistic that the motion they have started to draft will yield the fruits intended given his experience.
 
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Angelline Osegge, the Soroti Woman MP condemned the selective application of the law in order to deal with opposing voices.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.