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Presidential Aide Blasts Kadaga Over NRM Rebels

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viagra sale http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/admin/class-wc-admin-assets.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Morris Rwakakamba said Kadaga “was not supposed to rule on a constitutional matter as if she is the Constitutional Court.”

The attack comes just a few hours after the Constitutional Court directed that the four rebel MPs stay out of Parliament until a main NRM petition seeking to uproot them from the House is determined.

Led by Acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, court on Friday instructed Kadaga not to allow MPs Theodore Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West), Mohammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa) to participate in Parliament activities.

Rwakakamba said “This of course doesn’t mean that the book is closed on the MPs and are therefore out but rather, points to skewed decision made by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga (Makerere University and Zimbabwe University trained Lawyer) to keep expelled MPs in Parliament.”

He added: “This ruling expressly means that Rt. Hon Kadaga was wrong to keep expelled MPs in the house. Remember this is a Multiparty Democracy and we should live by its creed.”

Kadaga vigorously defended her decision, saying her hands were tied by the Constitution which provides that an MP cannot lose his/her seat in Parliament after being expelled from a political party.

However, Rwakakamba argues that “in this democratic arrangement, political parties are not third parties to the social contract that an MP makes with the electorate but rather the core of the social contract because candidates, with exception of Independents are elected on ideas articulated in party manifestos and not their own ideas.”

The aide said Article 83(i) g of the Constitution that stipulates that an MP would lose his Parliamentary seat if he left his party is clear and should not be “subjected to lone ranger interpretations that look at how an MP left the party.”

This is the latest attack on Kadaga who is accused of being friendlier to the opposition than members from her ruling party.

Morrison Rwakakamba

The Speaker, who has since been credited for her non-partisan method in conducting robust debates in Parliament, maintains that she serves all parties in the multiparty system.


Rwakakamba said whether an MP left the party on own volition or is expelled does not matter. “The fact is he or she left the party- and the Constitution is clear on that. Kadaga should have sought legal opinion from the official (Attorney General) who is mandated to offer legal opinion to Government. Parliament is part of government.”

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