MPs accuse Gen Tumwine of blocking the work of Parliament
MPs pass motion to censure Gen Elly Tumwine over contempt of the housework. File Photo

Members of Parliament pass motion to censure Gen Elly Tumwine over contempt of the housework

Parliament has adopted a motion to censure Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine for blocking the Committee of Parliament from visiting safe houses that are claimed to have tortured Ugandans and acquitted contempt of Parliament and the office of the Speaker.

This follows a report of Parliament Human Rights Committee that faulted Tumwine for blocking the Committee’s work on safe houses.

Tumwine is also accused of stopping the Director of Internal Security Organisations (ISO) Brig. Col Kaka Bagyenda from appearing before the Committee

The motion to censure Minister of Security, Gen Tumwine was moved yesterday by the Butambala County (DP) legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi who happens to be the shadow internal affairs minister and adopted by the whole House, under Rule 56 of Parliamentary Rules of Procedures.

“A vote of censure against Minister for Security Gen Hon Tumwine Elly be initiated as provided under rule 0182,” Kivumbi said.

Tumwine is accused of continuous contempt of Parliament, the Speaker and the House decisions.

“Right Hon Speaker, Honourable members, let us take actions,” Hon Gilbert Olanya, Kilak South County said.

“You remember in the 7th Parliament when he boxed Hon Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker in the pigeon hall there,” MP Kasilo County said.

Tumwine has previously been a subject of an investigation by Parliament Rules, Discipline and Privileges Committee. Last year the Committee found him guilty of assaulting Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal.

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He also reportedly blocked the Director-General of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Brig. Kaka Bagyenda from appearing before the committee as a witness on the alleged torture claims.

“The Minister for Security be held accountable for failing the Committee work, by denying the Committee access to safe houses, blocking interactions with the heads of security agencies,” Hon Egunyu Janepher Nantume, Buvuma County legislator said.

“But one could block Parliament from interacting with the Director-General of ISO and is still posing as a Minister, but we have to prevail over,” Moses Kasibante, Rubaga North legislator said.

MPs accuse Gen Tumwine of blocking the work of Parliament
MPs pass motion to censure Gen Elly Tumwine over contempt of the housework. File Photo

However, Minister for Karamoja, Eng John Byabagambi in his remarks about the matter said that whoever has committed a crime, will bear the consequences as an individual.

“Where they have gone wrong, whichever individual has committed a crime should answer for that crime as an individual,” Eng Byabagambi said.

Under article 118 of the Constitution, Parliament may be by resolutions supported by more than half of all members, pass a vote of censure against a Minister on wrongs of abuse of office, misconduct, incompetence among others.

But Gen Tumwine was not in Parliament as the motion was raised. He’s however expected to file a response when the debate on the matter commenced.

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Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga instituted an investigation into the alleged torture by ISO.

This was after the Kawempe North legislator, Hon Latif Ssebagala (DP) and the Arua Municipality legislator, Kasiano Wadri (and) allegedly said that ISO was operating safe houses which happens to be torture grounds for Ugandans.

One in Kalangala District and another in Kyengera in Wakiso District.

After some time, Gen Tumwine admitted that government operates safe houses but for intelligence purposes not for torturing Ugandans as alleged.