The opposition through their acting Leader Muwanga Kivumbi has revealed plans to publish names of Members of Parliament who have so far signed on a motion seeking to censure the Minister of Security, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi.
According to the opposition leaders, they allegedly abdicate Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi the responsibility in the face of torture of Ugandans by security personals.
On Thursday, Joyce Bagala, the Shadow Minister of Information and Anti-Corruption revealed that more than 60 MPs have appended their signatures on a motion deposited at the office of the Sergeant at Arms. Bagala said that they were still hopeful that the required 176 signatures would be raised before the 10 days provided for under the Parliament Rules of Procedure elapse.
The Opposition in Parliament started signing a motion seeking to censure Minister Muhwezi on February 10 and the 10 working days provided for under the Parliament Rules of Procedure elapse next week on Thursday.
The Opposition requires 176 signatures for the censure motion to succeed out of the total 529 MPs in the 11th Parliament though ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party enjoys majority numbers with 336 MPs while all Opposition political parties with representation in Parliament have 109 MPs and the rest are Independent MPs.
“That decision will be taken by the Shadow Cabinet as to whether we should publish it or not. But in my humble personal view, it is not just an opportunity, it is a wholesome obligation for us to publish this…because we are people’s representatives, we are on oath, the oath we take is to protect, uphold and defend the Constitution. And in the Constitution of Uganda, torture is a non-delegable right,” said Muwanga Kivumbi
There are reports that a section of Opposition MPs are reluctant to append signatures on a motion spearheaded by their leader Mathias Mpuuga, and instead reported to have already signed a petition from the ruling government to remove one of their colleagues, , Francis Zaake from the Parliamentary Commission office.
The Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake is accused of insulting the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among through his Twitter handle.