A section of Members of Parliament have expressed dissatisfaction with how opposition MPs and the human rights committee of Parliament are repelling the censure of Security Minister Elly Tumwine.
It should be remembered that Last week MPs started the process to reprimand Security Minister General Elly Tumwine over disrespecting Parliament.
Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala MP moved a motion to amend the committee report to include the closure of the Safe Houses in the country, and that a vote of censure on Gen Tumwine is initiated.
Several opposition members of parliament including Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Kira municipality member of parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju, Odonga Otto among others are yet to append their signatures
In August 2019, the Human rights committee of parliament accused the security minister of frustrating investigations into the torture of Ugandans when he blocked MPs from accessing safe houses.
According to the committee, Tumwine also halted MPs from meeting the Internal Security Organisation Director Kaka Bagyenda and consistently undermined parliament and recommended that
The MPs amended the Human Rights Committee recommendation that had sought to ‘punish’ the minister without providing details.
However, so far only 20MPs have signed the petition, most of the committee members and those of the human rights commission are slow in appending their signatures.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at Parliament, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo said a few National Resistance Movement members have signed he, however, wondered why members of parliament were shunning this process yet they are the voice that speak for the country.
John Baptist Nambeshe the Manjiya County MP says it is important for MPs to condemn acts of torture through censuring Tumwine.
He notes that for long Ugandans have been crying foul of safe houses and how many victims have been tortured and now is the time to General
Barnabas Tinkasimire, the Buyaga West MP says he signed the motion and was happy that a Minister was being held responsible. He says some MPs have been threatened not to sign the petition, but they will try and mobilize some members to sign.
This week on Tuesday, the Kasambya County Member of Parliament Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, who is the motion mover of censoring the Minister for Security General Elly Tumwine raised concern of intimidation threats from the General Tumwine.
He says different people including Tumwine himself are calling those who signed and still wanting to sign on the censor motion list threatening then once they sign.
Mbwatekamwa further alleges that even Tuesday, one of the General’s daughters was at parliament taking photos of those who were signing on the list.
It is yet unclear wether this is the reason opposition MPs decided to keep away from appending their signature on the censure form.
Apparently the censor motions needs 142 signatures to seal off Gen Tumwine from the position of a miniW