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Nyombi, ‘Rebel’ MP Clash In Parliament

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cure http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Constitutional Court last week ordered expelled NRM rebel MPs, http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php including Niwagaba, http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php to temporarily stay out of Parliament until the determination of a main petition lodged by NRM seeking their removal from the House.

The affected MPs later held a press conference at Parliament, saying they would continue doing their work as legislators and would not obey “any order that is unconstitutional.”

Parliament publicist, Hellen Kaweesa on Monday said the law-making body is yet to receive any formal communication from court ordering the rebel MPs out of the House.

Drama started unfolding on Tuesday when Nyombi turned up before the Legal Affairs Committee only to find Niwagaba seated alongside other legislators.

The committee was convened to discuss a petition by former employees of Coffee Marketing Board, who are seeking redress to receive their terminal benefits from government.

In total 1,568 former employees of CMB remain unpaid with petitioners praying that Parliament investigates why they were not paid the balance of their terminal benefits and how the property of CMB was disposed of.

A charged Attorney General quickly took to the floor, wondering how Niwagaba had found his way into the committee despite a standing order barring him from participating in Parliament activities.

“There is a court order restricting Hon Niwagaba and other ‘rebel’ MPs from accessing parliament. He has to leave this room now,” charged Nyombi.

MP Wilfred Niwagaba

“I am not ready to go into any details of this matter (CMB petition) unless Hon Niwagaba is kicked out of this committee session,” he added.

This compelled the chairman of the committee, Fox Odoi to adjourn the session to allow him consult with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on whether to push out Niwagaba.

At that juncture, Nyombi left the room, compelling Odoi to inquire whether the Attorney General was “boycotting” the committee.

Odoi said Niwagaba’s presence on the committee and the ruling on the CMB petition would be decided in near future.

MP Abdu Katuntu recently said taxpayers cannot benefit if rebel MPs continue to receive salaries without doing their work, adding that the Constitutional Court order could not be implemented.

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