NRM members cry foul against own party over delayed case
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Petitioners in the case challenging the ruling National Resistance Movement party actions of charging and subsequent expulsion of the four MPs have pleaded to court to have their matter heard and determined.
Describing themselves as NRM party members, Mr Musiimenta Karema and Mr Bernard Banturaki petitioned the court against their party, seeking for a declaration that the party’s interpretation of and reliance on its internal code of conduct to punish the four MPs purporting to promote the doctrine of collective responsibility on all NRM MPs is an insult on “the doctrine of separation of powers”.
The MPs; Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East), Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga) were implicated over indiscipline and breach of the party code of conduct and they have since challenged their expulsion in the High Court.
But the duo alleges that the internal organisation and practices of the NRM party do not conform to the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution and contravene the laws.
Through their lawyers, the complainants are challenging the constitutionality of the NRM as a party arguing that some provisions of the NRM constitution are in direct conflict with the Constitution of Uganda, which in effect makes the NRM constitution null.
Lawyers not aware
However, two of the NRM lawyers yesterday said they were not aware of the petition.
“I am not aware of the case because if they had served the documents on us or the party, it would have been consolidated and heard with the others,” said Mr Joseph Matsiko, NRM’s lawyer in an interview. Mr Severino Twinobusingye said he is not aware of the petition and he has not received instructions in connection with the same.