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Gen Tumwine censure collapses as only 39 of 153 MPs sign

Gen Elly Tumwine

Gen Elly Tumwine

A motion to censure Gen Elly Tumwine has collapsed after the mover failed to garner at least 153 mandatory signatures to support their censure motion.

Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the Kasambya County MP who authored the censure document in a press conference said that they managed only 39 signatures and this is not adequate with just hours before the February 20 deadline.
He says failure to censure Tumwine only shows the hypocritical nature of MPs. As such he said he has decided to write to the speaker to withdraw the motion. Parliament started the process of censuring Tumwine for frustrating investigations into the torture of Ugandans and also blocking members of parliament in the human rights committee from doing their work when they were blocked from accessing safe houses where the alleged torture occurs. 

As of last week, only 19 MPs had signed on the censure motion against Tumwine, and by yesterday, Wednesday evening, just 39 MPs had signed. The house amended the human rights committee report to include closing all safe houses in the country and initiating a censure motion against Tumwine. Now the MPs who had started the censure process have withdrawn the matter due to a lack of interest by other MPs.
"I was the first person to sign as the mover of the censure motion but as we talk we’re remaining with only two days, only 39 members have signed. I know the question would be why do I think only 39 members of parliament have signed when we have a parliamentary resolution and by the time we were in the house more than 200 people were in the house who passed the resolution." Mbwatekamwa said. 

Manjai County MP John Baptist Nambeshe disagreed with the withdrawal of the motion, saying that MPs who appended their signatures were not consulted over the withdrawal. He says the mover of the motion should have waited for the end of the 10 days to be able to withdraw the bill.

"We’ll not be at par with him, we should have first convened and agreed on a common position but that he’s done it unilaterally after he was discouraged by the number of signatures, I think that is a vice that I must condemn in the strongest terms possible," said Nambeshe. 

The parliament’s rule of procedure says that at least one-third of the members of parliament should append their signatures on the list if the motion is to proceed. After ten working days, if less than one-third of all the MPs have appended their signatures on the list, the notice of censure shall cease. 


0 #1 Zaitun 2020-02-20 10:39
What we are undergoing in Uganda today is a National Tragedy in very clear words.

It is unthinkable that we have supposed to be people's representatives in Parliament; and yet these men and women, as elected members, can not decide for themselves and those they represent but wait for dictates from above, or until their throats are softened.

34/35 years of destruction, looting, killing... are enough for these thugs. These so-called MPs should know that, their man, Elly Tumwini, is no stranger in all that has befallen the country.

He actively participated in all, and you support such a devil? Yes, at your own perril. You want to maintain death to hover on our heads.

Time has come now that we should get organised, become a deterrent to their devilish projects and make sure they get out of our waynext year; and we start looking for what they stole and are hiding in safe countries.

Whether they run to the end of the world, we shall get them by all means.
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2020-02-20 12:50
I fear of the unknown is at play, many of these MPs could not allow themselves to be sighted working with those who want to throw out a full General appointed by another General, they imagine that they will be sidelined in the next election.

If you looked at the signature, am sure only those in the opposition and rebel MPs have signed. The real snakes cannot append their signatures on that paper
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0 #3 Ugthinker 2020-02-20 14:24
Parliament just like the rest of us, Tumwine included is just one section of the captives. Therefore, they can't do anything against the captor and his agents!

This exactly what Dr Besigye has been labouring to explain to Ugandans all the years.

Parliament only works in a democratic setting not in a one mans rulership like it is in Uganda.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2020-02-20 18:00
In words, most MPs including those in opposition represent Mr. M7's interests (tyranny and terror) instead of representing their people, among who are tortured and held in incommunicado (without trial) in safe house.

No wonder Jacky Chan; frustrated and angry Red-top youths have started jumping and pouncing on them, 15-feet high, from the Parliamentary Gallery.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2020-02-20 18:03
After missing this only opportunity to censor the Devilish and heartless Gen Tumwine, the impunity of human rights abuse will become unbearable and naked.
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-3 #6 MUHEREZA DAN 2020-02-20 19:00
okey, now the movers of the motion should learn that its not just the noise makers that act but action.

This has created a precedent that its not as easy as one one may assume to dislodge a General.

The same people should learn that General Tumwine represents a unique electorate and to defeat him would be equivalent to defeating the electorate and the institution he represents.
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+1 #7 Lysol 2020-02-20 22:05
The blind old man should just retire. He cannot see whatever is going on around him.

Well, they say one-eyed man is a king among the blinds. Many of corrupt regime followers are blind literally and are like zombies.
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0 #8 kirya 2020-02-21 00:33
Uganda MP are a joke they do not realize that they maybe the ones next to be tortured in the safe house.

These thugs need to be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to get them on the visa denial list.
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