April 3, 2013

Speaker Kadaga Orders Govt To Produce Detained MP

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has ordered Internal Affair Ministry to urgently present detained Toroma County Legislator Cyrus Amodoi before court.

Amodoi has spent six days in police cells in Pader district without charges preferred against him.

Ambrose Sabiiti, the Pader District Police Commander, told the media on Wednesday that Amodoi was arrested over allegations of attempting to steal mercury from Awere Bridge located at the boundary between Gulu and Pader districts. Sabiiti says police arrested the MP on Friday evening along with two other suspects after a tip-off.

He says police recovered the tools which the three had planned to use to vandalize the bridge in search of mercury.

The matter was brought up in Parliament by Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, who claimed that the police in Pader say they can only grant bail to the MP once the Inspector General of Police returns from his current trip to Australia.

Internal Affairs State Minister James Baba in an earlier submission to Parliament said he was not aware that Police was holding Amodoi at Pader Central police station. But when pressed by Odonga Otto, the Minister promised to ensure that the MP is presented to court.

Otto in an interview said the Police is violating the legislators rights by detaining him beyond the period required by the constitution.

2 thoughts on “Speaker Kadaga Orders Govt To Produce Detained MP

  1. It is shame for this country to hear that Police as an institution can not respect the 48 hours as in the Constitution of Uganda.

    We should know the difference between an individual and an office. Without Kayihura there should be an IGP to handle the bail issue. Let Police be serious.

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