By Mirembe Martina
The petition to recall parliament has received the required signatures and more from MPs to recall it.
130 MPs have so far signed the petition defying Museveni’s outcry to the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and other MPs who said there was no need to recall parliament over the death of Butaleja woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda’s death report. Speaker Kadaga allegedly rejected the government’s autopsy and toxicology report that linked Nebanda’s death to narcotic drugs; the report was also rejected by her family.
During a press conference late afternoon, it was announced that 133 members had signed the petition and the lead petitioner Mr. Dennis Obua (NRM, Ajuri) tabled a letter to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga dated January 2 requesting for an appointment to present the reasons why they want the House recalled.
In their letter, signed by five lead petitioners – Mr. Obua, Medard Sseggona (DP, Busiro East), Simon Mulongo (NRM, Bubulo East), Mariam Nalubega (Ind. Butambala) and Andrew Baryayanga Aja (Ind. Kabale Municipality), the lawmakers quoted Article 95(5) of the Constitution that requires at least one-third of all members to recall the House for a special sitting. “We want to announce and tell Ugandans that we have got all the signatures required to call for a special sitting of Parliament and we are only waiting for the Speaker to respond to our letter,” Mr Obua said.
“As an NRM member I want to put it on record that the 1995 Constitution is supreme and above the NRM constitution. The party constitution cannot override the supreme law of the land.”
Some of the MPs who signed yesterday were Hussein Kyanjo and Kenneth Lubogo.