Citizens Want Court to Nullify Appointment of MPs in Ministerial Posts

Two concerned citizens have petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the continued “holding onto profitable MP offices by appointed ministers.”

In this application Isaac Wadada together with Hakim Nsimbe claim that it offends Article 113 of the Constitution for an individual to occupy two public offices.

They stress that this article bars ministers from holding any profitable office which attract emoluments because they may end up being compromised in the course of their duties.

The applicants add that the appointment of ministers from MPs creates conflict of allegiances since the some people subscribe to two oaths; that of a minister and of a member of parliament.

They now want the Constitutional Court to declare that it’s unlawful for a legislator to be appointed into cabinet.

The duo also wants court to annul the election of all MPs who were elected after the February 2016 General election cycle in the newly created districts of Kibaale, sale Kagadi, drug Kakumiro, pharmacy Omoro and Rubanda on grounds that these polls were illegally held.

Wadada and Nsimbe say the Electoral Commission had no mandate to organize any other elections after the general election on 18th/ February 2016.


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