NRM Rebel MPs Ruling To Disenfranchise Voters – Alaka


prostate geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The ruling, thumb which was offered in two parts, with one being read by Acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma and Justice Remy Kasule reading the other, granted the petitioner, Hon Saleh Kamba a temporary injunction which he had sought from court; to halt the expelled MPs from entering Parliament until Court gives its decision on the consolidated petitions.

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“After coming to conclusions, we found that too much time was spent by both parties yet the matter is expeditious. We order the Speaker of Parliament to temporary halt the respondents from entering, sitting and participating in decisions of the Parliament,” read justice Kavuma.

Justice Kasule in another part said that Court was empowered to issue a temporary injunction because it was in possession of all the materials.

“We found that all the future petitions were all similar to those which were earlier before court. Currently court has all the evidence and submissions to issue judgments however they will be given as relief injunctions.”

He said the ruling was reached on a 4-1 majority.

Justices on the coram were Richard Butera, Remmy Kasule, Faith Mwondha, Steven Kavuma and Justice Augustine Nshimye Ssebutuuro.

The ruling was given in the absence of both the petitioners and the respondents. However, their lawyers were present.

The affected MPs are Mohammed Nsereko, Theodore Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West), Mohammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa).

As soon as the ruling was given, one of the respondents’ lawyers, Caleb Alaka, asked court to stay the execution of their directives pending the decision of the Supreme Court. “My Lordships, we are to appeal as soon as possible.”

The reasons he told court to justify their appeal were irreparable damage.

The judges who ordered NRM rebel MPs from Parliament

“My Lordships, your majority ruling is going to cause irreparable damage to the electorates who voted those members into Parliament.”

He said the electorates who overwhelmingly voted the expelled MPs would feel disfranchised if their MPs were barred from Parliament.

Alaka further said the irreparable damage would as well be borne by the tax payer.

“Court has not stated whether the barred MPs will continue withdrawing their salary or not. That means they will still receive salary from the tax payers’ money yet they are not doing anything.”

He also added that court was granting what was not requested for. “Court is granting injunctions which are supposed to be granted in a main petition.”

However, this was rebuffed by NRM’s lead counsel, John Mary Mugisha, saying it was NRM which would be affected by the court’s ruling most. “It (NRM) is going to lose out on the majority numbers in Parliament.”

Lawyer Medard Ssegona fired back, saying “NRM does not sit in Parliament but MPs – so barring them from Parliament is going to affect the constituents they represent not NRM.”

Court adjourned for 40 minutes and was to return with the ruling whether to grant a stay as asked by the respondents or not.


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