MP wants Oulanyah’s decision overturned
Posted Tuesday, October 8 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- In what could be a looming showdown, a Member of Parliament has written to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, calling for a formal motion to rescind a decision by her deputy to have three MPs apologise over misconduct.
Mr Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Odonga Otto ( Aruu County) and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kyadondo East) were on August 1, suspended from the House for three sittings for gross misconduct during debate on the Public Order Management Bill.
Mr Otto was suspended for ripping to shreds a list of members which was being used to force through a vote on the disputed bill, 2011, while Mr Ssemujju and Mr Ssekikubo were involved in the chaos that later forced Mr Oulanyah to suspend the sitting.
Last week, Mr Ssemujju was manhandled and physically ejected from the House on orders of the Deputy Speaker, after the former refused to apologise after serving his suspension.
Through his lawyers, Victoria Advocates and Legal Consultants, Mr Ssekikubo wrote to Ms Kadaga yesterday, to review the Deputy Speaker, Mr Jacob Oulanyah’s order to have the MPs apologise, contending that it is not provided for in the Rules of Procedure.
“The Deputy Speaker invoked Rule 79 (2), 80 (2) and 80 (4) and suspended our client…with the learned Deputy Speaker later grossly misdirected himself in interpreting the Rules of the House…the only detail of the suspension was that it would be three days. An apology cannot with greatest respect be said to be a detail or condition of a suspension,” the letter, also copied to Mr Oulanyah, reads in part.
“Being a lawyer, he knows well the rule of functus officio. Once judgment is delivered, you do not go back and revisit it. The order to apologise was not provided for in the rule he used to dismiss us from Parliament. That is under the Rules and Privileges committee’s mandate,” Mr Ssekikubo stressed while at Parliament yesterday.