Joy As Supreme Court Saves Rebel NRM MPs' Seats

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Led by Stella Arach Amoko, five justices agreed that the expelled MPs should temporarily return to Parliament until March 28 when the same court will hear the application.

They further agreed with the MPs’ defence they faced a real threat from the Attorney General and NRM to execute the orders of the Constitutional Court which would subsequently render the pending appeal useless.

NRM’s lawyer, John Mary Mugisha had argued that the MPs’ claim had been overtaken by events. However, Supreme Court said the Speaker was yet to execute the Constitutional Court ruling.

Observers are likely to contend that the ruling is a huge blow to the NRM party which has worked day and night to have Theodore Ssekikuubo, Mohammed Nsereko, Barnabas Tinkasiimire and Winfred Niwagaba thrown out of Parliament.


The Constitutional Court recently ruled that the rebel MPs’ presence in Parliament was illegal after being expelled from the ruling NRM party for indiscipline.

Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Faith Mwonda and Augustine Nshimye further stressed the lawmakers’ presence breached the House’s procedures and that the Speaker was wrong to provide them with seats.

The Constitutional Court then ordered the Electoral Commission to organise fresh elections to fill the “vacant seats.”

This compelled EC boss, Dr Badru Kiggundu to announce on Thursday: “The candidates will have eleven days starting from April 3-15, to carry out their campaigns throughout their constituencies. Actual voting shall take place on April 17, 2014 at all polling stations in all the above mentioned constituencies.”

The NRM rebels were seen jubilating in and outside court premises, with high hopes that they could still retain their positions in Parliament.

Legal experts contend that throwing MPs from the House simply because of NRM internal wrangles would disenfranchise their constituents and that such a ruling would set a bad precedent in Uganda’s blossoming democracy.

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