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MPs concede defeat in plans to censure minister Tumwebaze

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By Mercy Nalugo

Posted  Friday, December 20  2013 at  02:00

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Mr Karuhanga explained that with a highly partisan House, it would have been very difficult to censure the minister who, he said, called every individual MP requesting that he be spared.

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MPs spearheading an attempt to censure Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze yesterday conceded defeat after they failed to raise the required number of signatures to kick him out of office.

But whereas they lost the motion, they boasted of having won the battle after they put the government under pressure to allow Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago back in office.

Mr Abdi Chemaswet, the lead petitioner, said: “We are people who respect the rule of law. It is clear that the 10 days have elapsed and, therefore, our petition has collapsed but we have managed to achieve some goals.”

“Our goal was to bring back the mayor into office. This had to be done after mounting pressure. We are happy to announce that the pressure culminated into a dialogue between the Executive and the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament on behalf of the mayor,” said Mr Gerald Karuhanga (Youth, Western).

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is leading reconciliatory talks with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nandala-Mafabi, although it emerged yesterday that the dialogue has broken down.

Mr Karuhanga explained that with a highly partisan House, it would have been very difficult to censure the minister who, he said, called every individual MP requesting that he be spared.

Mr Karuhanga said the minister lobbied Mr Mafabi, colleagues in the Executive and all MPs claiming he was just a conduit and was implementing a directive.