Lawmakers on Defence and Internal Affairs Committee yesterday clashed with Security minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi over interviewing survivors of the killings in Greater Masaka Sub-region.
Gen Muhwezi, who travelled with the committee members on a fact-finding mission in the affected areas, had on Monday warned MPs against asking much information from residents and local security people, insisting that it may jeopardise ongoing police investigations.
But the legislators led by the committee chairperson, Ms Rosemary Nyakikongoro, disregarded the minister’s advice and sought more information while interacting with one of the victims and local leaders at Kibinge Sub-county in Bukomansimbi District yesterday, prompting the minister to interject.
“This I mean the Police, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and of course the Ministry of Security, that is the division of work. It is true honourable members of Parliament, especially this committee oversees government in doing its work, but the responsibility of investigation and bringing to court the perpetrators, killers of our people is squarely on the Executive,” Gen Muhwezi said.