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.
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
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
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