KAMPALA —The censure process against Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine is on the verge of collapse after several Members of Parliament refused to append their signatures to it.
On February 5, Parliament adopted a motion seeking to censure Gen Tumwine for blocking the work of Parliament when MPs were probing illegal detention centres in the country.
But five days to the closure of the petition, only 20 MPs have so far signed the petition Some of the MPs who have appended their signatures have faulted MPs for shying away from censuring Tumwine.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at Parliament, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo said a few National Resistance Movement members have signed, but members of the Human Rights Committee members and many opposition MPs do not want to sign the motion.
John Baptist Nambeshe the Manjiya County MP says it is important for MPs to condemn the acts of torture through censuring Tumwine.
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.
Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante says the real test is not with Tumwine, but on MPs and their ability or inability to safeguard the constitution of Ugandans.
The Opposition Chief Whip Ssemujju Nganda says that many MPs should sign the petition since it is majorly against safe houses. He says he has not yet signed the petition but will do so next week.
The MPs have only 6 days to collect 153 signatures in total, if not the move fails.