Court To Decide Rebel MPs Fate Today

capsule geneva;”>According to a judgment notice issued by Mary Babirye, sick the assistant registrar of the Constitutional Court, the judges of the court are ready to issue their ruling today (Friday).

The embattled MPs are Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West), Mohammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa).

The last time the vocal legislators, commonly referred to as NRM rebels were in Court, was when court refused to grant the permission sought to appeal to the Supreme Court against one of the ruling it had dismissed.

They walked out of court, visibly angry; following the ruling read by Justice Richard Butera only to appear at Parliament the following day and vowed never to return back to court.

They told journalists they are going to petition the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to prevail over the Constitutional Court judges.


“We have proof that the acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma who heads the Coram and other members like Justices Augustine Nshimye and Richard Butera are NRM promoters and sympathizers who, therefore, can’t deliver a just ruling in a case they have interest,” the MPs alleged.

However, Babirye said, “Court will issue the ruling whether or not the warring parties are present.”

The legislators’ woes begun in January this year when they were dismissed from the NRM party and the Secretary General of the party, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi asked the Speaker, Kadaga to also dismiss them from Parliament, a request she declined. Kadaga strongly stated that she had no constitutional mandate to dismiss the MPs sacked by their parties out of Parliament.

Following her ruling, Kibuku MP Saleh Kamba and Maryam Agasha, a party staunch supporter, filed a petition in court against the Attorney General.

The NRM party also filed another one against the Attorney General seeking the same orders to force Kadaga to dismiss the MPs from Parliament.

The petitioners advanced a common ground that since the party had fired the MPs, they should also vacate Parliament which they entered on the party ticket and representing its interests.

However, the MPs in their reply they strongly opposed the argument, saying that MPs do not represent their diverse political parties in Parliament but their adverse constituencies.

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