Court yet to decide on expelled MPs
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
The Constitutional Court is yet to deliver judgment on the petitions challenging a ruling by the Speaker of Parliament that four MPs who were expelled from the NRM party retain their seats.
Acting deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma yesterday said the court had set October 15 for the case judgment but it turned out to be a public holiday. “We are trying to fix another date. And we are yet to meet as a quorum to agree on the date, which we will communicate in the notice,” said Justice Kavuma in a telephone interview.
The petition cites that Ms Rebecca Kadaga’s decision to retain the MPs in Parliament was unconstitutional.
It is alleged that once an MP is dismissed from his or her political party, he remains anonymous and yet there is no position for anonymous MPs in the House.
The MPs are Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East), Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga). Other justices on the panel include Remmy Kasule, Augustine Nshimye, Faith Mwondah and Richard Buteera.
The court had on September 6 ordered that the four MPs be stopped from attending any parliamentary proceedings until the court decides whether they should lose or retain their seats. But the Supreme Court last week halted any move to evict them until the same court pronounces itself on their intended appeal.
Lawyers representing the lawmakers indicated that they would wait for the court to serve the notice. “I know court has been busy with a number of petitions but we have trust that the judgement will come,” said Mr Caleb Alaka, one of the lawyers representing the MPs.
Mr Joseph Matsiko, who is representing the NRM, said they were waiting for communication from court.
On May 2, Ms Kadaga ruled that the MPs cannot vacate their seats in Parliament leading to the first ever case for a political party and other individuals to challenge the mandate of the Speaker of Parliament and legality of the continued stay of the MPs in Parliament.