MP Ssekikuubo to be Sworn-in Today – Parliament

MP Theodore Ssekikuubo addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday

Embattled Lwemiyaga MP -elect Theodore Ssekikuubo has threatened to sue the Clerk of Parliament as well as the Attorney General in case he is blocked from being sworn-in this week.

This follows a letter from the Electoral Commission (EC) seeking an opinion from the Attorney General on whether Ssekikuubo should continue to be gazetted as a Member of Parliament and later be sworn-in or not.

On hearing this, unhealthy Ssekikuubo rushed to Parliament seeking to know whether he was to be sworn-in today since he is already gazetted as an elected MP.

“I have all the papers that guarantee that I must be sworn-in and no one will block me; let EC stop playing its games with me, capsule ” charged the MP.

“Ever since I won the elections and announced a winner, I am now accountable to the people of Lwemiyaga,” he added.

The Constitutional Court in Kampala recently referred back to the lower court, the case in which Ssekikuubo challenged the decision by the Masaka Magistrates court to order a vote recount for the February parliamentary polls.

Following the announcement of the results, Ssekikuubo’s challenger Patrick Nkalubo took to the Magistrate’s court seeking the vote recount – citing irregularities during the elections, a request that was granted by the court.

However, Ssekikuubo through his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Medard Sseggona challenged the decision by the magistrate to order on grounds that the constitutional 4 days had elapsed.

The Masaka magistrate Samuel Munobe referred the matter the Constitutional Court seeking for interpretation.

In their ruling, the Constitutional Court panel of 5 judges led by Richard Butera ruled that there was no matter that necessitated their interpretation and referred the case back to the lower court.

While the lower court ordered that Ssekikuubo should be degazetted, Masaka High Court directed that the MP remains gazetted until judgement on the main application.

Ssekikuubo advised the Electoral Commission “not to be confused on whether they should abide by the Magistrate Court’s directive to have me degazetted or follow that of the High Court that stayed my position as an MP-elect.”

He added: “Nobody is going to block me. I am on the right side of Court. The Magistrate’s Court can’t overrule the orders of the High Court,” Ssekikuubo emphasized.


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