Opposition House Recall Plot Hangs in Balance

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Wilfred Niwagaba, the Shadow Attorney General who was mandated to draft the recall petition, told URN that his instructions were simply to draft the motion and send it to the mover, Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze.

Opposition legislators may not beat the deadline to recall parliament as the house is set to resume business on November 14th 2016. On Tuesday last week, opposition legislators announced plans to mobilize 143 signatures to recall parliament from recess to discuss the political situation in the country.
 
They were particularly interested in discussing the way police is handling the movements of Dr. Kiiza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential candidate.
 
                            
Rule 20 of parliament's rules of procedure stipulates that parliament shall be recalled from recess by a request made in writing by at least one third of all Members of Parliament. The request is supposed to be in form of a petition made to the Speaker stating the business to be considered and prayers sought.

               
Upon receipt of the petition, the Speaker may summon parliament within twenty one days. Parliament adjourned for recess on October 6th and is expected to resume on November 14, leaving the recall process with no chance for success. 
 
 

Wilfred Niwagaba, the Shadow Attorney General who was mandated to draft the recall petition, told URN that his instructions were simply to draft the motion and send it to the mover, Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze.
 
 
 
 
 
According to Niwagaba, he drafted the motion and sent it to Nambooze on Wednesday last week, but hasn't received any response since then. He says the three legislators who were tasked to collect signatures including Gilbert Olanya, Betty Nambooze, Francis Mwijukye and Roland Mugume haven't approached any legislator.
 
 
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Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP told URN on phone that immediately they broke off he traveled outside the country and had just returned. Asked how far the exercise to collect the signatures had gone, Olanya declined to commit himself on the matter, only saying he was in touch with his colleagues.
 
Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality MP couldn't be reached as she is reportedly hospitalised in South Africa. He Buhweju Counterpart, Francis Mwijukye is away in Geneva attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting.
 
But Roland Mugume, the Ntungamo municipality MP insists that they can still recall the house. Mugume told URN that his team has so far collected 30 out of the 143 required signatures.
 
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Some of the MPs approached by URN expressed ignorance about the recall process, saying that nobody has approached them to append their signatures.
 
Franca Akello, the Shadow Finance wondered whether the process was on, saying he hadn't been approached.
 
 
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Henry Musasizi, the Rubanda East MP echoed the same sentiments.

 
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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.