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Discontent Brews Over Withdrawn Tumwiine Censure Motion

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the Kyadondo East MP also known as Bobi Wine who was also at the centre of the Human rights committee investigations and was blocked together with the committee also did not sign the motion as he was not around the country.
Some of the MPs who signed to censure Gen Elly Tumwine

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There is brewing discontent among members of parliament over the failed motion to censure Security Minister General Elly Tumwine over his conduct. The motion failed mid this week after failing to collect enough signatures to see it through. 

It had been championed by a cross-section of legislators who accused Tumwine of reportedly frustrating investigations into the torture of Ugandans and blocking the Human Rights Committee of parliament from doing its work. They specifically made reference to the failure by the committee to access safe houses in various parts of Kampala and meeting the Director-General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Kaka Bagyenda. 

However, the move collapsed after Kasambya County MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa withdrew the motion saying he had failed to collect adequate signatures to propel it.  The movers of the motion needed at least 153 signatures, from a house, comprising of 456 members.  

By the time Mbwatekamwa pulled out of the process, only 39 members had appended their signatures to signify support. 13 of these were from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), 10 from the Democratic Party, Seven of the MPs were from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM, seven were independent candidates, one UPC member had signed the motion as well as the sole representative of the Justice Forum.  

Of all the signatories, there were only two members of the Human Rights Committee of Parliament, whose report formed the genesis and gist of the censure motion. The committee has 30 members. 

Mbwatekamwa says the failure by legislators to append signatures on the motion was disappointing. He says some MPs could have opted out of the censure out of fear, while others may not have been aware. He, however, adds that since it was a resolution of the House, many people needed to come in and sign.   

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However, some Members of Parliament are questioning why Mbwatekamwa announced the withdrawal of the censure process on Wednesday, three days to the close of the process. 

Busongora North MP William Nzoghu says he had turned up on Friday to sign but was shocked that the motion was withdrawn.

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