We as Ugandans must stop playing dense. We have a future for the country to see and it is so absurd that even as of now some MPs can sit comfortably and accommodate any clear corrupt act. The people of Uganda must wake up and fight the corrupt in this country from the village to the top office in the land if need be. We have no room for corruption. Being in office is for a service not looting taxpayer resources.
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
MPs behind the censure:
[L-R: Top row - Mariam Nalubega, Medard Lubega Sseggona and Theodore Ssekikubo. Down row: Abdu Katuntu, Wilfred Niwagaba and Vincent Kyamadidi]
[Embattled Minister: Kabakumba Masiko]
Written by David Tash Lumu
Sunday, 11 December 2011 21:59
On December 5, 14 MPs met behind closed doors in Butambala Woman MP Mariam Nalubega's office at Parliament to plot their move against minister for the Presidency, Kabakumba Masiko.
This was after police announced they had found equipment belonging to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) at the Bujenje MP's King's radio in Masindi. Kabakumba was previously minister of Information and National Guidance, thus supervising UBC operations.
During the meeting, Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga) introduced to his colleagues what he described as a "corruption scandal" that needs to be handled "urgently".
Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) suggested a censure move that would be calibrated by the prima facie evidence that the police had availed. After this closed-door meeting, these frontline lawmakers thrashed out a common stand, which they later revealed to the media on the same day. As the MPs pursue Kabakumba, demanding that she resign while collecting signatures to move on her, we have been told that the cabinet is not sure how to respond.
Embattled Minister: Kabakumba Masiko
A cabinet meeting mid last week failed to generate a firm position, with the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, saying that police should get more facts about the matter before such a position can be taken and made public. This development, coupled with President Museveni's silence over the matter, has emboldened the legislators, with some suggesting that perhaps Museveni has abandoned his embattled minister.
Meanwhile, the MPs have distributed roles amongst themselves, with Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East, DP), Gerald Karuhanga (Youth Western, Independent) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East, NRM) charged with making sure that the proper procedure for the censure motion is followed. The trio of lawyers has the duty of drafting both the petition to the President and the motion of censure if it comes to that.
We have been told that Mariam Nalubega (Butambala Woman) is also part of this team, but her role will be to present the motion of censure. So, her learned friends have been coaching her on how best she can deliver the motion.
The job of looking for signatures was given to MPs Roland Mugume (Rukungiri municipality), Vincent Kyamadidi (Rwampara), Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka municipality), Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West), and Gilbert Olanya (Kilak). This team has performed incredibly well, managing to gather 150 signatures within a relatively short time.
Looking for evidence
With the signatures obtained, another team of ringleaders headed by Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) and Ssekikubo is looking for evidence. Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central), Hatibu Katoto (Katerera) and Florence Ibbi (Kaberamaido Woman) are the other MPs on this team.
Their role is to gather information and documents that pin Kabakumba on the stolen mast and transmitter. They will also table this evidence on the floor of Parliament in order to beef up their case.