Kampala: Aruu County legislator Odonga Otto has written to Speaker of Parliament a notice to move motion to censure Oyam South MP Betty Amongi over allegations of abuse office and illegal disposal of properties under departed Asian custodian board.
Recently, Ms. Amongi who doubles as the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was summoned and grilled by the commission of inquiry in lands matters on how AMOBET company she co-own with Cate Odongo came to acquire property on plot 29 Acacia avenue.
“Pursuant to rule 108 (1) of the rules of procedures of parliament of Uganda, I notify you of my intention to move a censure motion against Betty Amongi for abuse of office and willful violation of the oath of allegiance and oath of a minister,” reads in part of the notice.
Otto further avers that the minister of land used her position to forge land titles and grabbing of peoples land.
His notice follows various insults hurled to the chairperson of the commission of inquiry Justice Catherine Bamugemereire averring that she insulted lands minister where she referred to her as a ‘young lady’ at the time they interfaced her (Amongi) at archive center in Wandegeya.
When contacted about legislator’s (Otto) move Minister Amongi said Otto is simply keeping to what he is known for, “playing politics of blackmail and drama.”
“AMOBET doesn’t own any property of the custodian board, we were allocated as tenants and when we discovered disputes, we rejected the allocation and requested for our rent to be paid back,” she added.
They agreed to refund and notified AMOBET that they will process and refund.
However when contacted, speaker’s office acknowledged the receiving of MP’s letter and promised to decide on the subject matter in time to come.
Abuse of office cases have led to impeachment of various government officials, others as a few of them resigned under pressure as majority of them survived.
If Mr Otto successfully goes through with his move, it wouldn’t be the first time Parliament impeaches a minister.
In the sixth Parliament, Minister Jim Muhwezi was impeached over misuse of Global Fund money when he served as Health Minister.
In the eighth parliament, Ms Kabakumba Mastiko was defenestrated from the information ministry docket after confessing to misuse of office and corruption.
Ministers Matia Kasaijja (Finance), Frank Tumwebaze (ICT), Persis Namuganza (Junior Lands) survived being impeached just recently.