It was mild drama at the ugandan parliament on Friday when a parliamentarian representing Tororo County in the Ugandan Parliament Hon Geoffrey Ekanya, made an attempt to undress himself and take his own life on the floor of the parliament after he learnt that the County he was representing wasnt given a Districy Status.
Ekanya took his disappointment overboard when he started removing his clothes and started saying; “”Hon Speaker I feel like committing suicide on this floor because this matter is so serious.”
It took the intervention of Kitgum Woman MP Beatrice Anywar and Budadili West MP Nandala Mafabi to calm the lawmaker and stop him from totally undressing and strangling himsself, although Ekanya had only started removing his necktie. To calm the lawmaker, Mafabi led him outside of the parliament’s chambers where he regained his composure, eventually making his way back inside the chambers to apologize.
Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah who presided over this particular parlaimentary session had cautioned Ekanya and told him to go and play drama at the Country’s National Theatre, which is conveniently located only a few blocks away from the parliament’s chambers.
“It is important to respect the house, trying to undress yourself is taking it further. This is not a national theater,” Oulanyah said.On his return to the floor of parliament, he apologized to the Deputy speaker and the house for his unbecoming behaviour and for failing to control his temper. “I apologize to you Deputy Speaker and house for losing myself, however this matter is important to me and my people.”
Minister Local Government, Hon Adolf Mwesige said the issue of Tororo’s request to get a district has been in parliament for a long time though he couldn’t promise to grant the county a district status.
“I cannot amend the motion for creation of districts right now, because of Tororo, I will need more time,” Mwesige said.
It will be recalled tha the Ugandan Government had earlier promised to grant Tororo district status about twenty years earlier.