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.
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 Now the MPs who had started the censure process have withdrawn the matter due to a lack of interest by other MPs.
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.
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.