Security blocks Amongi from entering parliament with placards

Security blocks Amongi from entering parliament with placards
Security blocks Amongi from entering parliament with placards

Parliamentary police stopped the Lands, Housing and Urban Development minister, Betty Amongi from entering the house with placards. The minister had come with the placards to denounce those she claims are soiling her name.

Amongi is being investigated by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Land Commission for fraudulently acquiring four prime properties from the Departed Asian Properties Custodian Board using her private firm, AMOBET.

Earlier this week, a Ugandan woman based in the United Kingdom, Lillian Akullu dragged Amongi to Lira High court for allegedly grabbing her land measuring 3.5 acres along Erute road in the senior quarters.

The minister had scheduled a press conference on Thursday afternoon in the member’s lounge in parliament to explain herself and table some evidence. She instead turned up with placards denouncing those soiling her name including a senior minister. She tried to access parliament through the southern wing but was intercepted by security.

The officers confiscated the placards and allowed the minister to enter parliament but she later stormed out. Chris Obore, the director communications at parliament, says the minister used foul language which is unacceptable in parliament.

“Security stopped it [press conference] because we do not want to set precedents. She (Amongi) says she only intercepted the materials and she only wanted to present it to the press as evidence, but security was concerned that the materials were offensive in nature,” Obore told this publication.

The minister has not yet commented on the incident as she couldn’t be reached by Kampala Dispatch. However, a source close to the minister, said they will communicate another date for the press conference.

The incident comes just a day after the Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, wrote to the clerk of parliament expressing his intention to move a censure motion against Amongi.

In his May 23, 2018 notice, Otto says he intends to move a censure motion against Amongi for alleged mismanagement, abuse of office, willful violation of oath of allegiance and oath of minister in relation to the fraudulent disposal of properties under the Departed Asian Properties Custodian Board.

“Pursuant to rule 108(1) of the rules of procedure, of the Parliament of Uganda, I notify you  of my intention to move a censure motion against Hon. Betty Amongi, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban development,” reads the notice.