By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Members of parliament who petitioned parliament seeking the recall of parliament have objected the speaker’s decision to block the recall of parliament.
The MPs have vowed to seek an interpretation from the Constitutional Court regarding the withdrawal of signatures from a petition presented at parliament .The MPs had presented the petition with the required signatures but later ,10 members of parliament withdrew their signatures while other MPs claimed that their signatures were forged.
Basing on few signatures and forged signatures ,speaker ,Rebbecca Kadaga threw out the petition and ruled that parliament can not be recalled.
In a letter dated January 15,the Speaker said that she could not allow the petition because its backers had failed to raise the required number of signatures after she allowed 10 MPs to withdraw their signatures.
The angry MPs want the Constitutional Court to explain whether the speaker has the authority to allow an MP or MPs to withdraw their signatures.
“[As such], the petition does not meet requirements…” she wrote while explaining why she allowed the 10 members to withdraw.
The MPs argue that apart from the issue of recalling parliament over the death of the late Butaleja MP ,Cerina Nebanda,there are other issues such as fraud or corruption which could affect the public a lot in case the recall of parliament was blocked in this nature.