Members of Parliament have
withdrawn the censure motion against General Elly Tumwine after they failed to garner
adequate signatures to propel the motion.
As of last week, only 19 Members of Parliament had so far signed on the censure
motion against Tumwine, and by Wednesday evening 39 MPs had signed.
Parliament started the process of censuring Tumwine for
frustrating investigations into torture of Ugandans and also blocking Members
of Parliament in the Human Rights Committee from doing their work.
The house amended the human rights committee report to
include closing all safe houses in the country and initiating a censure motion
Now the MPs who had
started the censure process have withdrawn the matter due to a lack of
interest by MPs.
Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the Kasambya county MP who authored the
censure document in a press conference today said that they managed only 39 signatures and
this is not adequate. He says failure to censure Tumwine only shows the
hypocritical nature of MPs.
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County MP John Baptist Nambeshe has disagreed with the withdrawal of the motion
saying that MPs who appended their signatures were not consulted over this move
of withdrawal. He says the mover of
the motion should have waited for the end of the 10 days to be able to withdraw
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The Parliament’s rule
of procedure says that at least one-third of the Members of Parliament should
append their signatures on the list if the motion is to proceed.
After ten working days, if less than one-third of all the MPs
have appended their signatures on the list, the Notice of Censure shall cease.
This now means the MPs have until Thursday next week to solicit for signatures.