MPs collect signatures to censure Tumwine

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President Museveni greets his brother Salim Saleh as Gen Tumwine looks on during Tarehe Sita celebrations in Nakaseke district

Members of Parliament have started signing a petition to censor Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine as passed by plenary last week.

The process to collect over 150 signatures in the next 10 working days got underway Tuesday.

NBS reported that there seems not to be cohesion among movers of the process after the Opposition Chief Whip expressed cold feet over the issue.

“Those who think the appointing authority overlook the parliamentary court are lying to themselves,” said the aggrieved Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo.

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“On a matter regarding human rights, impunity and torture of Ugandans…it is our duty,” Ssekikubo told NBS.

He said Tumwine was the army commander and was removed, he was also a state minister for defence and was removed too hence can be removed from this position as well.

Ssekikubo blames Tumwine for his woes that saw him arrested twice in one week and dragged to Masaka Chief Magistrates Court.

Last week, Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the Kasambya county MP presented to the Clerk to Parliament a censure motion against Tumwine for frustrating investigations into torture of Ugandans and also blocking Members of Parliament in the Human Rights Committee for doing their work.

The house amended the human rights committee report to include closing all safe houses in the country and initiating a censure motion against Tumwine.

According to the Parliaments Rule of Procedure, a member who wants to censure a Minister shall notify the Clerk in writing of their intention, citing the grounds for the proposed censure motion and giving detailed particulars supporting such grounds.

Mbwatekamwa says he has four strong grounds for the censure motion.

He says specifically they are looking at contempt of Parliament as he prohibited members from visiting safe houses, incompetence following his alleged failure to implement parliament decisions on torture and maintaining the existence of safe houses, indiscipline looking at how he undermines colleagues when he appears before the committee and mismanagement of his Ministry as he has used his powers to stop the committee from meeting other people.

Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi who presented the motion says that this is a unique motion because it originates from a Parliament resolution and it is not like some individuals are trying to witch-hunt Tumwine.

He says several members are for the motion and they will proceed depending on how the matter is received by the people.

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