By Samuel Ouga –
An officer at Luzira Maximum Prison on Thursday today briefly confiscated the papers which legislators were using to collect signatures for the recall of parliament from recess. The officer white-washed the name of convicted Bubulo West MP Tony Kipoi Nsubuga and later handed the papers back to a group of MPs who had taken them to Luzira.
Hon Muhamed Nsereko, Brenda Nabukenya and Hon Ssemujju while visiting Hon Kipoi Nsubuga ,who is on remanded for treason, had him sign the petition to recall parliament. The list was later confiscated by the a prison officer who said he had to consult the prison chief over the list.
The petition to recall parliament has deeply divided the ruling party, pitting the President on one side who has angrily warned party members of dire consequences if they signed the petition to recall Parliament.
The President tried in vein to talk Speaker Rebecca Kadaga against accepting to the petition to recall Parliament reasoning that its a constitutional right for MPs to petition the speaker to recall parliament from recess if they if the required signatures can be obtained.
By last evening over 130 MPs had signed the petition. A number above what is required to recall Parliament from recess.
There is a looming showdown between the executive and the parliament.