Court ‘kicks’ Ssekikubo out of Parliament



Masaka Chief Magistrate has ordered Electoral Commission to degazette Theodre Ssekikubo as the Lwemiyaga County MP-elect.

Samuel Munobe, the chief magistrate delivered his ruling on Thursday on an application filed by Patrick Nkalubo, a former contestant for the Lwemiyaga County MP seat.

Uganda Radio Network quotes Munobe saying Ssekikubo was gazetted illegally since court had issued an order staying the exercise.

On April 3, Munobe issued an order barring Electoral Commission from gazetting Ssekikubo pending the disposal of a vote recount petition filed by Nkalubo.

Electoral Commission spokesperson Jotham Taremwa on the other hand said they had gone through the right processes to gazette Ssekikubo.

The judge in his ruling accused the electoral commission of contempt of court and insulting the judiciary.

He also accused EC of mismanaging the electoral process and demanded for an immediate public apology.

On April 28th, Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma ruled that there was nothing among the questions raised requiring constitutional interpretation.

Electoral Commission then gazetted Ssekikubo.

In his submission, Ssekikubo’s lawyer Celeb Alaka is quoted by URN  asking court to dismiss the application, saying that it was overtaken by events.

He noted that there was no order stopping EC from gazetting his client, saying it was simply a reference.

Alaka also said the decision of the constitutional court to dismiss the reference extinguished the powers of Masaka chief magistrate’s to hear the merits of the application.

The ruling means Ssekikubo’s victory is temporarily on hold and the MP not qualified to be in Parliament.

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