Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament and Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa has promised to help Kira Municipality lawmaker and opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda meet ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman and Uganda’s President Gen Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni.
This followed Ssemujju’s concerns about President Museveni’s whereabouts and health condition after the country’s long-serving ruler missed Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
Ssemujju argued that the president need to be checked on constantly since he was in his advanced age.
“I wanted to draw your attention and the attention of Parliament to Article 107 of the Constitution. Among other things, this article says a president can be removed [due to] among other things physical capacity,” submitted the vocal opposition MP.
“I saw African presidents in a bus attending the funeral of the Queen. Our president was not there. The other day he even missed a family function to give away his daughter. And because you gave us the Constitution when we were swearing in, I wanted to find out from you Mr Speaker whether our president is okay. I am raising this because this Parliament removed the age limit. When you have a president of advanced age, you may need to be checking in order to comply with Article 107 of the Constitution.”
In response, Deputy Speaker Tayebwa opined that Ssemujju was missing the president. Tayebwa then listed the times Museveni has been seen in public in recent days.
“Colleagues, Honorable Ssemujju has raised an issue and for the first time since when I’ve known Honorable Ssemujju, he is missing President Museveni. But if you could have used the same screen you would have seen the president recently in Bunyoro, you would have seen the president in the NRM caucus meeting his troops and you would have seen the president in Apac launching the distribution of land titles,” said the deputy Speaker.
When Museveni was in Bunyoro, Balaam delivered a very bold message to him regarding Muhoozi Presidency Project. (Read Story and Watch Video Here).
Tayebwa then offered to help Ssemujju meet Museveni so that the FDC spokesperson can confirm that the president is alive and well. The last time Ssemujju met Museveni for a conversation was on Capital Gang years ago.
“But I think what I am going to do, honorable colleagues, I am going to make an appointment of the Honorable Ssemujju Nganda with the president so that he can confirm himself [that the president is alive],” said Tayebwa, sending the House into laughter.
Museveni recently celebrated his 78th birthday. (Read the lovely message titled to the one I love that first lady Janet Museveni wrote to her God-chosen husband Yoweri Here).
Meanwhile, this is not the first time the vocal Ssemujju has shaken Museveni’s tables with his stinging remarks. Months ago, Ssemujju boldly told Museveni, his wife Janet and son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to stop disturbing Ugandans by blocking Kololo roads. Ssemujju also told Museveni to compile the list of his properties and hand it to his son and ‘wives,’ making it clear to the president that the opposition would not allow Muhoozi to inherit Uganda from Museveni. (Read Stories Here and There).