doctor http://codapostproduction.com/wp/wp-includes/pomo/streams.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%; text-align: justify;”>Commonly known as NRM ‘rebels, order ’ the outspoken legislators are Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Theodore Ssekikuubo, Mohammed Nsereko and Wilfred Niwagaba.
They were also accused of relentlessly attacking the President in public and going against the party’s positions in Parliament.
NRM caucus publicist Evelyn Anite was not readily available for comment but sources say Rwampara legislator Vincent Mujuni Kyamadidi earned a four months suspension.
The development comes against the backdrop of futile attempts to parade the stubborn legislators before the disciplinary committee of the party.
The ‘rebel’ MPs on several occasions defied calls to appear before the committee chaired by deputy party chairman Moses Kigongo.
The implications of the suspension remain unclear, considering the Parliament Act protects members unless they have crossed to different political parties.
According to the Act (Tenure of office of members of Parliament), a lawmaker shall vacate his or her seat in Parliament under the following circumstances.
1. If he or she resigns his or her office in writing signed by him or her and addressed to the Speaker.
2. If such circumstances arise that if that person were not a member of Parliament would cause that person to be disqualified for election as a member of Parliament under article 80 of this Constitution;
3. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, upon dissolution of parliament if that person is absent from fifteen sittings of Parliament without permission in writing of the Speaker during any period when Parliament is continuously meeting and is unable to offer satisfactory explanation to the relevant parliamentary committee for his or her absence;
4. If that person is found guilty by the appropriate tribunal of violation of the Leadership Code of Conduct and the punishment imposed is or includes the vacation of the office of a member of Parliament;
5. If recalled by the electorate in his or her constituency in accordance with this Constitution;
6. If that person leaves the political party for which he or she stood as a candidate for election to Parliament to join another party or to remain in Parliament as an independent member;
7. If, having been elected to Parliament as an independent candidate, that person joins a political party;
8. If that person is appointed a public officer.