MBARARA-The Minister of Security, Gen Elly Tumwine, has lashed out to Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal saying she is an adamant liar’ and faulted journalist for failure to seek his view on allegations brought against him.
“I don’t know what exactly the cause of these lies was but people are upset that we did well and continuing to do well,” he said. At Lake View hotel, Mbarara. “Unprofessional journalists are some of the causes between public figures,” he said. He castigated journalists in attendance and asked for a more professional and objective approach to news reporting.
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However, Tumwine’s dragging of journalists into an affairs that was between legislators in their chambers is diversion of sorts because the matter at hand was being debated on the floor of the house with some media houses broadcasting it live.
The former Army commander believed that ‘false claims’ are a result of ingratitude and anger at the successful operations of the government.
Tumwiine also blamed NBS journalists for being biased in their reporting and following only Ogwal’s line of accusations without getting both sides of the story or fact checking the report made by the MP
On Tuesday, Tumwine was summoned to appear before the parliament’s disciplinary committee after Bukonjo West County MP, Godfrey Katusabe, raised an issue that Gen. Tumwine made the comments about the shoot-to-kill order following the deployment of the police and army to quell riots in Kasese district when Mirama abattoir was shutdown.
Gen. Tumwine said he had discussed the security concerns in Kasese district with Katusabe, and that provisions to harmonize the impasse had been established.
During the debate Cecilia Ogwal advised that the Security Minister desists from defending himself on the floor of Parliament but faces the Committee that would investigate the allegations and present a report. Gen. Tumwine is no stranger to such behaviors as in the 7th parliament he pulled a pistol on Mr Jacob Oulanyah when Oulanyah then a member of the opposition Uganda Peoples’ Congress asked why he had carried a gun with him into the chambers, an incident that resulted into a an exchange between the two.
Speaker Kadaga asked the House Committee on Rules to also investigate the concerns raised by Cecilia Ogwal on threats by the Security Minister and present a comprehensive report.
Ogwal said after the adjournment, the army general attempted to beat him in the corridors of parliament over comments she made in the house.