13 January 2013

Uganda: MPs' Recall Petition Suffers Set Back

ATTEMPTS by Members of Parliament to recall Parliament could suffer another setback following glaring anomalies that are not consistent with the Parliamentary rules of Procedure.

Highly placed sources in the office of the Speaker told New Vision that some MP's who signed the list have been called to clarify the status of the signatures following complaints that they could have been forged to beef up the numbers.

An MP who is among those caught-up in the anomaly yesterday told New Vision he had received a call from the speaker's office to clarify why his signature was missing from the list submitted to the Speaker's office.

There are individuals who are listed but did not append their signatures namely petitioner 39, Kyomya Xavier Akampurira who is the MP for Ibanda North and is purported to have signed on January 2, 2013, Petitioner 42, Nsanga Patrick- MP Ntenjeru South who is purported to have signed on December 27, 2012, he too has issues.

"I was called by the Speaker's office to clarify why my signature was missing. I recall signing, but better still my name is still the same as my signature," Nsanga told New Vision.

There are Petitioners whose names appear twice namely petitioner 73, Mugume Roland MP Rukungiri Municipality who appears twice under unclear circumstances on pages 6 and 7, and petitioner 58, Kiwanda Godfrey - MP, Mityana North appears on another sheet with his name crossed out.

There are petitioners whose dates of appending signatures are out of context.

The MPs behind the recall move are preparing a new list of signatures as a backup plan but it is not clear whether the speaker's office will accept the new list.

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