Parliament Attack; one of the attackers is a presidential aspirant

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Daring; Charles Mutasa Kafeero -one of the two men who intruded parliamentary proceedings; File Photo

It has been confirmed that one of the two men who attacked MPs yesterday afternoon during a plenary session, is a presidential aspirant.

Charles Mutasa Kafeero, a member of a pressure group -the Red Top Brigade is one the 20 presidential aspirants who have been cleared by the Electoral Commission to take on nationwide consultations ahead of 2021 general elections.

Two men, Charles Mutasa Kafeero and another one identifies as Datala Ssekanjako from Kawempe Division jumped from the public gallery and landed into parliamentary chambers, causing a fracas leading to halt of parliamentary proceedings for several minutes.

The two men were carrying leaflets condemning the MPs, whom they accused of corruption shouting “There is corruption in this house.” They were bundled and whisked away by the sergeant-at-arms, before the house resumed business.

Charles Kafeero has a history of radical activism working under opposition political groups. He is a well known member of FDC’s radical groups working to defend opposition leaders and party supporters against ‘attacks’ by police. The group claimed to be providing security to Besigye and other FDC party leaders. Their symbol is a red beret, and the group was once labeled as a terrorist association by Gen. Kale Kayihura.

Kafeero participated in several activism activities under the auspices of Kawempe South, MP Mubarak Munyagwa. However, for reasons yet to be established, he of late developed ambitions to contest for presidency as an independent.

It is however not yet clear what charges are going to be preferred against the two, since no clear information has so far been released concerning their detention and case.

According to section 18 (a) of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act, any person who creates or joins in any disturbance which interrupts or is likely to interrupt the proceedings of parliament or a committee commits an offense and is liable, on conviction before a court, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.

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