By Spy Uganda
Parliament has finalized a motion to censure State Minister for Lands, Princess Persis Namuganza over alleged misconduct and contempt of Parliament.
Out of 356 MPs that attended the plenary that was chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, 348 voted in favour of kicking Namuganza out of the August House, where as 5 voted against the motion while 3 [cowards] abstained!
But these followed a resolution from a select committee that was on January 6 instituted to investigate the alleged misconduct of the minister.
The committee chairperson, Mwine Mpaka (Mbarara South), while presenting the report, said they had found prima facie evidence to prove the allegations contained in the censure motion moved by Agago North MP, John Amos Okot.
Having looked at all the pieces of evidence presented by Okot and seconders of the motion, most of which were media interviews (video clips and newspaper articles) the committee confirmed that the conduct of Namuganza breached the standards of behavior and conduct expected of a minister and Member of Parliament as prescribed by Rule 85 of Parliament’s rules of procedure and Article 118 of the Constitution.
“The committee is of the considered opinion that the standard of behaviour and conduct expected of a member applies to all Members of Parliament, irrespective of whether they are elected members or ex-officio Members of Parliament,” he noted.
He however stated that the committee granted Namuganza an opportunity to appear before it and defend herself against the allegations in the motion but she declined without giving any genuine reason thus deciding to kick her out of the house.
Meanwhile, Namuganza has always blamed her troubles on personal differences between Speaker Anita Among and herself.
“They (Speaker and husband) went and attacked my husband because he is a civil servant and forced him to sign papers of their marriage. They made him sign the marriage certificate under duress and after all that happened, he reported to security and receded the marriage. She (Speaker) sent several people to intimidate him,” says Namuganza.
She explains that this matter of intimidating her husband was brought to the attention of President Museveni who instructed the CID headquarters to investigate the issue.
“My husband has already made statements but she (Speaker) has been sending rascals intimidating him saying how she is going to (deal with me) the wife. The Parliamentary leadership wants to create fear and intimidation among the members of Parliament so that they don’t say anything,” she claims.