Petition to Recall Parliament Finally Submitted

Legislators have finally submitted their petition to have parliament recalled from recess to the office of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Legislators have finally submitted their petition to have parliament recalled from recess to the office of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

The members who have been looking the required 125 signatures since the festive season have finally raised them after claims that some signatures were stolen from them in a bid to botch the exercise.

The petition was submitted by one of the lead petitioners, Denis Hamson Obua of Ajuri County, to Patrick Ngolobe who acted on behalf of the Principal Private Secretary to the Speaker, Cosian Opata. Kadaga is said to be away in Kamuli doing constituency work.

Obua told journalists that they have obtained the required number of signatures and that the prayers entailed in their petition is to affirm their commitment in defending and protecting the constitution of Uganda, to discuss the principle of separation of powers and the rule of law.

The exercise was rumoured to have hit a snag on Friday, when a group of MPs against the petition said that the petitioners did not have the required signatures as they claimed. The petitioners on the other hand said the list containing 10 names was stolen from them and they were trying to replace the names.

The petitioners were able to raise 127 signatures, two more than the required number as par Article 95 (5) of the Constitution, but there are reports that some NRM MPs want to withdraw their names.

Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Ronald Kibuule has said that a group of 10 MPs have written to the Speaker to have their names withdrawn saying that they were never given a chance to understand what they were signing for.

Some of the members who want to withdraw, Kibuule says, are Kiruhura woman MP Beatrice Rusaniya and the Busongora South MP Boaz Kafuda. The speaker will within 21 days after receipt of the petition recall parliament to discuss what the MPs called President Museveni’s disregard of Parliament.

The members were angry at the arrest of their colleagues, Mohammed Nsereko of Kampala Central and Dr Chris Baryomunsi of Kinkiizi East over their statements regarding the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

The president went ahead to say while addressing a press conference on Christmas Eve that the MPs who accuse government of having a hand in Nebanda’s death are idiots and fools and asked police to quiz the speaker about the MP’s death. Nebanda died suddenly on December 14 and some MPs alleged foul play by government.

Submitting the petition, Obua was accompanied by fellow legislators, Western region youth MP Gerald Karuhanga, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikuubo, Ndorwa East MP Alfred Niwagaba and Buyaga West MP Bernabas Tinkasiimire.

Nebanda’s boyfriend, Adam Suleiman Kalungi earlier today pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the MP’s death.