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Parliament Takes on Court; Okays 76 Constituencies

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Parliament has moved ahead of the Judiciary and recommended the creation of 76 Constituencies, troche http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/pinterest-pin-it-button/views/admin-install-notice.php which is already being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Last week, ask City Advocate Andrew Tumusiime petitioned the Constitutional Court for declarations that 76 constituencies created between 2001 and 2016 were not prescribed by Parliament, seek contrary to Article 63 of the Constitution.

On Tuesday, even before the respondents – the Attorney General and the Electoral Commission — could file their response, Parliament went ahead and not only moved a motion but also debated and passed a resolution prescribing the formation of the contested constituencies.

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Technically, it is prejudicial for anybody, party or institution to debate or take a resolution on any matter before the Court.

The motion to prescribe the 76 constituencies was moved by the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire.

The Shadow Attorney General, Vincent Niwagaba immediately raised an objection saying the matter is already before the Court and Parliament cannot handle it.

The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga however, ruled that Parliament has not yet been served with the copy of the petition at the Constitutional Court and therefore there was nothing to stop the national assembly.

Niwagaba went ahead and produced the copy of Tumusime’s petition and laid it on table.

The Speaker still ignored it and said she respects the separation of powers but Parliament can also not be stopped from doing its work.

The moving of the motion and its subsequent passing followed a National Resistance Movement Caucus meeting on Tuesday morning.

The Government Chief Whip exclusively told ChimpReports that the urgent sitting was to address the case which is before the Constitutional Court.

This website understands that a resolution was passed for the Constitutional Affairs minister to quickly prepare a motion and all members were asked to support it when moved.

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