The petitioners failed to raise the two thirds majority required for a censure motion against the Speaker to be carried put the matter to vote with each side scoring 16 votes after one vote was invalidated.
Embattled Mbarara district Speaker William Tibamanya Rushesha has survived censure after councilors failed to raise the requisite numbers.
Sixteen councilors led by Didas Tabaro, the Secretary for Education and Social Services petitioned the Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige to preside over the removal of William Tibamanya Rushesha, accusing him of incompetence , misconduct and abuse of office.
They said Tibamanya failed to call two consecutive meetings of council and connived with residents of Rugando Sub County to encroach on Kyakanekye Government land.
Mwesige delegated Issa Bumonye, the Commissioner for Urban Administration in the Ministry of Local Government to chair a council meeting on Thursday.
However, the petitioners failed to raise the two thirds majority required for a censure motion against the Speaker to be carried put the matter to vote with each side scoring 16 votes after one vote was invalidated.
Section 14 [2) of the local government Act states that the Speaker may be removed from office by a resolution supported by two-thirds of all the members of the council.
Mbarara district council is comprised of 33 members including the Speaker and the LCV chairperson.
This implies that petitioners needed not less than 22 councilors to vote in support of the removal of the Speaker. But after the vote, each of the sides had 16 votes. One vote was invalidated.
Bumonye later advised the disgruntled councilors to reconcile with their Speaker William Tibamanya for the good of Mbarara district.
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William Rushesha, noted that the failure by the councilors to censure him was testimony for his innocence.
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Canon Joseline Kemirembe, the Female councilor for Rubaya Sub County, Kakiika and Biharwe divisions said the Speaker was being maligned for blocking the District Chairperson from forcibly taking shs.300m in compensation for illegal dismissal from service in 2010.
But Didas Tabaro the lead petitioner says majority of his colleagues were coerced and bribed at the last minute to oppose the censure motion. He however said the matter will now be referred to the Anti corruption court over abuse office.
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