Kamuli Crowds Support Kadaga's MP Suspension Decision

About one hundred people on Sunday surrounded the Kamuli office of Deputy Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, to express their support for her decision to suspend five MPs from Parliament.

Kadaga suspended Christine Baku, Odonga Otto, Michael Ochula, Beatrice Anywar and Geoffrey Ekanya for disrupting the House and breaking down the door to the plenary on Tuesday last week. The MPs were protesting the delayed tabling of a report on the use of funds for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

A retired army officer, Lt. Swaib Swahaba, led Kadaga's supporters to her office. They sang songs and chanted slogans in her support, declaring her their hero.

Swahaba said the people of Kamuli were behind the Deputy Speaker all the way. He said they would not be deterred from their support of her because of opposition from some politicians.

Over the weekend there were reports that some of the suspended MPs planned to travel to Kamuli to support a joint opposition candidate to stand against Kadaga in next year's elections.

Kadaga addressed her supporters for several minutes, thanking them for standing with her. She appealed for calm and urged the crowd not to retaliate in violence towards those opposed to her.