The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga has launched the signing of the motion on the vote of no confidence in the Minister for Security Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi.

Addressing the press in Parliament on Thursday 10th February 2022, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Mathias Mpuuga, accompanied by members of the Opposition MPs from the different political parties exuded confidence that they will succeed to censure the Minister.

Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi is accused of failing to call to order entities under his docket, allegedly behind the increasing human rights violations in the country.

The Opposition stormed out of the plenary on Thursday 3rd February 2022 over the continued torture and arrest of some Ugandans including legislators, Kawempe Division North MP, Hon Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye Division West MP, Hon Allan Ssewanyana.

Rule 109 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure provides for the Vote of Censure Process against Ministers and requires any member desirous of moving this motion to notify the Clerk in writing of his or her intention, citing the ground for the proposed censure motion and giving detailed particulars supporting such grounds

Out of the total 529 MPs in the 11th Parliament, the Opposition requires MP 176 signatures for the censure motion to succeed. The NRM party has majority numbers with 336 MPs which all Opposition parties, combined have a total of 109 while Independents are 74.

After raising the required signatures, the Clerk is required to transmit the notice of censure, not later than 24 hours to the Speaker accompanied by the particulars supporting the various grounds of censure and signatures The the Speaker thereafter  will include the proposed censure motion on the Order Paper for a formal presentation on the floor of parliament by the petition

This is the third time Jim Muhwezi faces censure as a minister. The first time was when the Sixth Parliament successfully censured him on accusations of influence peddling and abuse of office.

Mpuuga dismissed rumours that the move by the Opposition to censure the Minister of Security was a political attack on the Minister.

“We are discharging a public duty and although people are saying we have made this political, we are politicians who have a duty to our community faced with threats of torture, murder, extortion and all manner of vices,” Mpuuga said.

The Opposition equally launched a complaints book for constituents to register cases of missing persons, torture and other acts of human rights violation.

Mpuuga noted that the complaints book would be distributed to different constituencies across the country. He appealed to the affected citizens to record unlawful arrests, missing persons and cases of torture.

‘The book will then be used to ensure accountability but also follow up on the cases of the different people,” said Mpuuga.

 

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