Ssekikubo fails to settle censure motion signatures

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Ssekikubo fails to settle censure motion signatures
Censure motion mover Theodore Ssekikubo

All five MPs from Mubende District have stood up to be counted as Ssekikubo and Co. now extended the exercise to get the remaining 32 signatures

NATIONAL | Legislators have refused to condemn corruption when presented with an open book despite always shouting their voices horse over the vice and now Theodore Ssekikubo and Co. are hoping for the unlikely.

Lwemiyaga County MP Ssekikubo and his censure motion movers on Monday told the media at Parliament that they had only gathered 145 signatures after three weeks of beating the drums to censure the four backbench commissioners accused of awarding themselves Shs1.7 billion service award.

Ssekikubo, who on Friday announced he was to close the exercise today, has now indicated intention to keep the desk running since the notice hasn’t yet been filed before the Clerk to Parliament’s office, which doesn’t bound his motion to the 14 days rule.

“We aren’t curtailed by the 14 days because we haven’t issued the notice," he said.

"Bearing in mind the wind and the storm in which the current Parliament is involved and engulfed, it is only wise that you step forward. What we are doing is collect signatures so that the debate can start. A lot has been said about the evidence, if you know you are right, let us have the debate.”

The team has publicised the names of all he 145 MPs who have stood up to be counted, leaving those who have not exposed to their electorate.

The motion movers also expressed concerns that legislators for the elderly, workers and the UPDF have ignored the process of appending their signatures of long awaited motion.

"These legislators did not also spare their senior legislators who has started speaking in tongues instead of guiding the House," Ssekikubo said.


Ssekikubo wondered why most MPs are still shying away from signing the motion, amidst the storm that has engulfed Parliament, following social media reports that some MPs and staff of Parliament had been summoned to Police for questioning over suspicions of running a corruption racket at Parliament.

Instead of summoning ordinary MPs, the movers of the motion say Police should consider summoning the four commissioners as a commitment to fighting graft in Parliament.

Meanwhile a sneak peek into the censure motion book shows that Mubende is the best performing district in the fight against corruption after all of its five MPs appended their signatures to the motion.

In what is being peddled as an open war against corruption, David Kabanda (Kasambya County), Bashir Lubega (Mubende Municipality), William Museveni (Buwekula South), Pascal Mbabazi (Buwekula County) and Grania Nakazibwe (Mubende Woman) all put pen to paper.

But dismally, Ssekikubo's own Sembabule District only enlisted support from Gorreth Namugga (Mawogola South), with the other MPs declining to back his fight against corruption in Parliament.

Meanwhile Ssekikubo has challenged the four commissioners to append their signatures to the motion so as to prove their innocence.

“And I think I will call upon the commissioners themselves who plead that they are innocent to append the signatures," he said.

"So that they can be exonerated in broad daylight and I know, this is the only opportunity they have. But where you have a storm engulfing Parliament, MPs being summoned left and right to the Criminal Investigation Directorate, this is the first time in my tenure that I am seeing the kind of storm that is currently engulfing Parliament.”

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