February 8, 2013

M7 summons Rebel MPs to Entebbe

Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni

25 National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament who signed the Petition to recall Parliament have been summoned by President Yoweri Museveni also NRM chairman. 25 National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament who signed the Petition to recall Parliament have been summoned by President Yoweri Museveni also NRM chairman.The meeting whose details are not known is scheduled to take place today at State House Entebbe. Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Chief Whip, says NRM members who appended their signatures in the petition wrote to President Museveni seeking to meet him. However she did not divulge the details of the MP’s.However, lead petitioner MP Hamson Obua, Ajuri County, denied writing to the President adding that neither did any of his colleagues. He confirms that President Museveni has called the meeting assuming that if the meeting is for dialoging or explaining their actions, then it is in the right direction. He maintains that they did not defy any resolution of any organ of the party and stand by their actions, and owe no one an apology.

A section of MPs had attempted to recall parliament to following the mysterious death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda and the subsequent fall out between parliament and the executive. However, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga declined to recall parliament from recess to discuss what some MPs called an attack on parliament by the executive. In a letter to the lead petitioners, the speaker says the petitioners have failed to raise the required 125 signatures from Members of Parliament that would necessitate a recall as provided for under article 95(5) of the constitution. In his Christmas address, President Museveni went on to describe the MPs as idiots and fools for alleging that the government might have a hand in the death of the youthful MP.It is at this point that the MPs started collecting signatures to recall parliament. This week Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba revealed that the MP’s who were seeking the constitutional interpretation on whether or not legislators can withdraw their signatures from the recall of Parliament petition are ready to serve the attorney general. Niwagaba says they have the support of the Uganda Law Society and the Attorney general shall be served by next week

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