Rebel MPs defeat NRM in court 


Rebel MPs at Supreme Court ahead of ruling. [Photo by ‏SMSMediaUganda]

Uganda Supreme Court has Friday ruled in favour of the ruling party, NRM rebel Members of Parliament.

They are; Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East), Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga East).

In April 2013, the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) on recommendation of the party disciplinary committee voted to expel MPs.

The MPs were accused of indiscipline.

The ruling party went ahead to ask the Speaker of Parliament to eject the quartet from the August House.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, rejected the a request by then NRM  Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, and Attorney General, Peter Nyombi, to kick out the rebels.

Meanwhile, the MPs ran to Supreme Court challenging their dismissal and the case has dragged on since.

Yesterday, court presided over by justices; Jotham Tumwesigye, Benjamin Odoki, Galdino Okello, John Tsekooko, Christine Kitumba and Esther Kisaakye issued a judgement notice to the parties to appear on October 30.

Six out of the seven justices of the Supreme court Friday ruled in favour of the rebel MPs saying Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, was right to refuse to submit to pressure and have them thrown out of the house.

According to court, an MP cannot leave parliament after being chased by a party.

In July 2015, President Museveni invited the four expelled NRM MPs for a meeting at State House to discuss the possibility of their return to the NRM party.

In September 2015, Lwemiyaga county’s Theodore Ssekikuubo and Buyaga legislator Barnabas Tinkasiimire wrote apology letters to the party leadership asking to be officially returned to the ruling political organisation.

Mohamed Nsereko of Kampala Central and Vincent Nuwagaba of Ndorwa, refused to apologise.


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