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NRM ‘Rebel’ MPs Win Round One At Constitutional Court


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Kamba had only sued the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for refusing to throw out the fired ‘rebel’ MPs from the House as requested by NRM.

Yet, the outcome of the petition would affect the MPs’ stay in Parliament.

Judges Remmy Kasule, Augustine Nshimye and Steven Kavuma ruled that MP Mohammed Nsereko, Barnabus Tinkasiimire, Theodore Ssekikuubo and Wilfred Niwagaba be included as parties to the case.

They further ruled the MPs should also be served with all the required documents within a period of three days.

The legislators were also ordered to submit their defense within three days after being served.

The MPs were represented by their lawyers, retired Supreme Court judge George William Kanyeihamba, lawyers Caleb Alaka and Nicholas Opio.

The Attorney General was represented by Richard Adulore while Sam Mayanja, Chris Bakizza, John Mary Mugisha and Severinho Twinobusingye stood in for the petitioner.

On April 16, NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi requested Kadaga to declare the seats of the four MPs vacant.

Kadaga refused. On May 2, the Speaker told Parliament she could not kick out the legislators, citing “Article 83 of the Constitution that addresses the tenure of members of Parliament.

NRM protested the speaker’s decision before threatening to take court action against her.

A few days later, Kamba rushed to court, challenging the speaker’s decision.

Meanwhile, Nyombi maintains the MPs’ continued stay in parliament is illegal and an abuse of the law.

“The decision to allow them to stay in parliament is inconsistent with the Constitution and other legislation made there under. Although I was not consulted on the issue of the four members of parliament, as the Principal Legal Adviser of the Government, I am compelled to advise you to reverse your decision because it is constitutional,” cautioned Nyombi.


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