Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa was at the weekend forced to storm out of a burial in Bududa District after National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi accused him of supporting torture.
The burial in Burenga village, Bududa, was of Henry Masolo Enrico, the father of John Baptist Nambeshe, who succumbed to cancer early last week.
The function had started normally, with Tayebwa addressing the mourners and appealing to opposition leaders not to criticize government for the sake of it.
“You should work for your people because they don’t feed on politics. There are programmes that are going to come like Parish Development Model. Embrace them,” he said.
However, trouble started after Kyagulanyi addressed mourners, accusing Tayebwa of torture when he was caught on camera, beating up an employee of Umeme in 2020.
Kyagulanyi said whereas Tayebwa apologised to the employee of Umeme and compensated him, he should apologise to the nation.
“But you have to come out and apologise to the nation and after you do that you will be right honourable speaker but as for now you are wrong Honourable speaker,” he said.
But an angry Tayebwa walked to his car and boarded before it drove off. He also refused to speak to journalists.
However, this drew loud cheers from the mourners that also included several MPs, both from NRM and the opposition.
Kyagulanyi went ahead with his speech, criticising the government for not equipping health centres to offer quality healthcare in the country.
“It’s so unfortunate that Nambeshe had to fly his father to Nairobi for treatment yet we still have a Bududa hospital here. Nambeshe couldn’t have taken his father to Kenya if our health care system were in good conditions,” he said.
He also reminded the MPs to fight against the increase of prices of commodities.
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