Government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a Constitutional Court ruling in which positions of special interest groups were declared unconstitutional on Tuesday.
Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, said whereas the Minister of Youth and Children Affairs does not have the powers to organize elections for the youth and other interest groups as challenged in court, Parliament mandated the minister to do so.
He was addressing parliament yesterday following ruling by the Constitutional Court that declared the election of representatives of the army and workers void and unconstitutional.
Ruhindi had earlier told press that his office would appeal Constitutional Court decision to nullify election of Army, Youth and Workers’ MPs.
He said sending away the MPs was uncalled for.
When asked by the deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, to clarify on the constitutional court ruling on MPs representing special interest groups, deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, said they had looked at the judgement.
“…and with respect, we do not agree with the judgement of their lordships.”
Rukutana said the constitutional court ruling doesn’t kick our MPs representing special interest groups.
Oulanyah too noted that there was no order from court directing MPs representing special interest groups to vacate the house.
However, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, said these representatives were serving the interests of the ruling government and would be fine for them to leave the house.