A section of Members of Parliament have faulted the Human rights
committee of Parliament and the Opposition for shying away from the censure process
against Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine.
Last week MPs started the process to censure Tumwine over contempt of Parliament. MPs adopted the Human rights committee
report that pinned Tumwine for frustrating investigations into the torture of Ugandans by
blocking MPs from accessing safe houses and blocking MPs from meeting the Internal
Security Organisation Director Kaka Bagyenda and consistently undermining
Although the committee chairperson Janepher Egunyu Nantume recommended that Gen
Tumwine be held accountable for frustrating their work, Muwanga Kivumbi, the
Butambala County MP moved a motion to amend the committee report to include the
closure of the Safe Houses in the country, and that a vote of censure on Gen
Tumwine is initiated. But, so far, only 19 MPs have signed the petition.
Some of the MPs who have appended their signatures have faulted MPs for shying
away from censuring Tumwine.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at Parliament, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore
Ssekikubo said a few National Resistance Movement members have signed, but members
of the Human Rights Committee members and many opposition MPs do not want to
sign the motion.
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John Baptist Nambeshe the Manjiya County MP says it is important
for MPs to condemn the acts of torture through censuring Tumwine.
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Barnabas Tinkasimire, the Buyaga West MP says he signed the motion
and was happy that a Minister was being held responsible. He says some MPs have
been threatened not to sign the petition, but they will try and mobilize some
members to sign.
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Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante says the real test is not
with Tumwine, but on MPs and their ability or inability to safeguard the
constitution of Ugandans.
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The Opposition Chief Whip Ssemujju Nganda says that many MPs should sign the
petition since it is majorly against safe houses. He says he has not yet signed the petition but will do so next week.
The MPs have only 6 days to collect 153 signatures in total, if not the move