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By Mulengera Reporters

For reasons we are unable to readily establish, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has continued to increasingly lose her voice in the ongoing debate at Parliament as legislators demand for censure of Gen Elly Tumwine from his Security Minister docket.

Kadaga is chairing the ongoing debate right now following the reading of the Human Rights Committee report by chairperson Nantume Egunyu but her speech continues failing and she is clearly struggling to be audible. Whatever is eating up her voice right now, as the fate of her renowned foe Gen Tumwine is being debated, only God knows. The inquiry into the safe houses was ordered by the Speaker following a petition that was tabled by Latif Sebaggala alleging extreme torture at the safe houses.

After the report being presented, Kasambya County’s Mbwatekamwa Gafa took to the floor and suggested a motion to censure Gen Elly Tumwine, sparking a debate towards which MPs are contributing right now. Those who have so far spoken calling for censure have included Muwanga Kivumbi, Moses Kasibante, Gilbert Olanya, Patrick Nsamba Orishabe, Frank Akello, Latif Sebaggala, Cecilia Ogwal, Roland Kaginda, Ana Adeke, Allan Sewanyana and Kadaga sems to be acquiescing to what they are saying. Kivumbi said the signing of the motion should begin tomorrow so that those Olanya described as courageous can lead the way in signing off Tumwine’s exit.

Kivumbi and Kasibante said this Egunyu report was an opportunity for Parliament to quickly censure Tumwine so as to make it risky for any Ministers in future to disrespect and undermine Parliament in ways Egunyu says Elly Tumwine did. Kaginda referenced on the humiliating manner in which MPs were treated as they visited Lubowa hospital site arguing this was the best opportunity for Parliament to show it can bite-and that you can’t step on the legislators and walk away with it anymore in Uganda.

Sam Lyomoki says Parliament should have sanctioned Tumwine immediately and says Parliament should block the funding to agencies like ISO. Nandala Mafabi demanded that the so-called doctrine of classified expenditure, which enables the Tumwines of this world to ignore Parliament and still getting funding for their operations, should be cracked up by MPs so that in future its possible to starve them of funding. Maurice Kibalya said the executive had disrespected Parliament for too long “and this must come to an end.”

Kadaga too volunteered more information to the House and said that, in order to circumvent the Parliamentary inquiry, government hastily closed some of the safe houses the day the inquiry began and gave each of the victims Shs5,000 and abandoned them on the streets of Kampala to preempt the inquiry.



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