Jude Mbabaali, a corporate Lawyer at Lukwago & Co. Advocates, says he nolonger understands his clients-the NRM rebel Members of Parliament who seem to have switched from opposers to supporters of President Yoweri Museveni.
Mbabaali, also former Parliamentary candidate for Bukoto Central and Democratic Party member, was referring to a story run by Daily Monitor, in which one of the rebel MPs and Lwemiyaga County legislator, Theodore Ssekikubo, promised to support Museveni’s stay in power despite having misunderstandings with the ruling NRM party.
Ssekikubo made the declaration last Saturday during celebrations to mark the World Population Day in Sembabule District.
Monitor says although he was not among the people selected to speak at the function, Ssekikubo “grabbed a microphone from Sembabule Woman MP Hanifa Kawooya…to greet the President”.
“I have taken quite some time without coming to this place, but my presence symbolises the support and love of people of Lwemiyaga Constituency to you. Your Excellence, stand firm, for me, I am behind you and in full support of you to stay around,” the MP is quoted assuring the President.
“I have come from very far with President Museveni and that is why at some point, some people were calling me Museveni’s son,” he added, to which Museveni replied: “You know, my son Ssekikubo had gone to the wilderness, but I am not certain whether he has finally returned home.”
“At this moment in time I dont understand my clients-the rebel MPs,” lawyer Mbabaali writes, adding, “Am writing this because my mentor Dr. Semogerere Paulo Kawanga told me that ‘You must always feel free to speak out if you are struggling with an issue of public importance, without fear or shame.”
He said under Ugandan law, a client owes duties and responsibilities to his/her lawyer include; to treat your lawyer with respect and courtesy; to give your lawyer correct and complete information, and to disclose all the relevant facts to assist your attorney to give you the appropriate advice; to give your lawyer clear instructions; to enquire about the cost implications and how the costs will be calculated; to pay a deposit if requested to do so; and to respond timeously to all requests for information from your lawyer; etc.
He says rebel MPs; Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Theodore Sekikubo, and Wilfred Niwagaba, who were expelled from the party in 2013 over alleged breach of Rule 4 of the NRM constitution (having formed factions within NRM), are his clients.
“I handle alongside with other lawyers their case of expulsion from the NRM party now in Supreme Court pending Judgment,” Mbabaali notes, observing that “My worry is that Hon. Ssekikubo, Hon. Nsereko, Hon. Nuwagaba & Hon. Tinkasimire in holding talks with president Museveni over the said case have not fulfilled their obligations”.
Mbabaali says during the bad days when president Museveni had just expelled them from NRM and had swore an affidavit in support of the Constitutional petition to have them expelled from parliament, they used to close to him.
“They could take me for lunch alongside my colleagues and shared a lot of information on how to liberate this country from dictatorship that is eating it up.”
These days, Mbabaali continues, I just see stories in newspapers like this one below; “Behind closed doors at State House Entebbe on Wednesday, four expelled MPs took a step towards readmission into NRM by meeting Museveni so that they abandon their issues against NRM including the case in court and their lawyers be paid.”
Yesterday morning, he was shocked to hear (over CBS news) Hon. Ssekikubo praising President Museveni at a function in Sembabule as the best leader Africa has ever had and that he should stay in power pakalast (forever).
Like they say, politics seems to be a game where the player can change goals according to the winds of fortune.