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Kabale priest condemns Invasion of Prayer Places in Parliament



The Chairperson for Kigezi Inter-Religious council, Rev.Fr.Gaetano Batanyenda has condemned the invasion of soldiers in the parliamentary designated places of worship.

On Tuesday, opposition Members of Parliament protested against the presence of soldiers inside the Catholic and Anglican chapels, located in the basement. The chapels are accessed through a new entrance to the East wing of parliament adjacent to the National Theater.

The angry legislators confiscated cups and plates from the officers, saying that the presence of soldiers, and the serving of meals in the chapels, was disrespectful.

However, Fr.Batanyenda who is also the Kitanga Parish Priest in Kabale Diocese, while addressing journalists today afternoon in Kabale town, wondered why security resorted to use the chapels yet they are aware that it is a holy place.

He also said that security officers would have opted to other rooms or outside the house than attempting to have meals and drinks in chapel to disrespect God.

Fr.Batanyenda also says that the being of Hon. Prossy Akampurira Mbabazi, the Rubanda Woman Member of Parliament and Hon. Rose Lilly Akello, the Kaabong Woman Member of Parliament on two parliamentary committees is uncalled for.

The two MPs are members of the Defense and Internal Affairs committee as well as on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee. Fr. Batanyenda says that this is a sign that such legislators lack integrity and a disgrace and a shame to their voters.

Parliament is currently debating a report of the legal and parliamentary affairs committee arising out of consultations on the controversial bill that seeks to among others; amend the presidential age currently capped at 75.

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