By Max Patrick Ocaido
Whereas there is an old adage that says, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” another proverb states that, “A hungry man is an angry man.”
James Waluswaka, Bunyole West County MP in Butaleja district is for the latter.
The starving MP last week had the worst encounter with an equally hungry journalist at Parliament who beat him to a platter of pancakes, leaving him furious.
It was a chilly Thursday morning of last week as the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) was grilling Bank of Uganda (BoU) officials over the closure of 7 defunct Banks.
As it has always been the norm during committee meetings, Parliament provides free drinks, tea and some snacks for its members and it is not surprising that before, during or even at the end of the meetings, MPs, witnesses and other persons present dive into such serving points for eats and drinks.
Despite not being a member of COSASE, MP Waluswaka was also in attendance as provided by the Rules of Procedure and indeed like any other member present, he was entitled to the tea and snacks.
This breakfast is usually served at one’s convenient time though priority is usually given to MPs, witnesses and journalists come last as protocol dictates.
It is unfortunate that as Waluswaka took his time to get into the serving table, other members were busy feasting on what was available and when it was his time in the queue, there looked to be too little left for the Waluswaka.
At that time, all the sausages and samosas were finished and all that was left were two pancakes that Waluswaka thought he would seek solace on.
However, while he was still serving himself a cup of tea, a ‘sharp’ journalist picked all the two pancakes at a lightning speed before the MP would pick them.
Whereas they say, “No matter how hot your anger is, it cannot cook yams,” Waluswaka’s anger at that moment could have cooked them.
Breathing with fury, Waluswaka could not hide his distress. Out of frustration, he asked the journalist if he is actually entitled to the freebies, but the former was not interested and fled like a bat in hell, leaving the MP talking to himself.
He has since then vowed to be the first on the queue once it’s time for meals.