Court asked to halt MP Kipoi investigations


KAMPALA: A voter from Bubulo West Constituency has petitioned the Constitutional Court to halt parliamentary investigations initiated against the area MP, Mr Tony Kipoi, that are intended to throw him out of the House.

Mr Yoweri Wele Wekoye, who claims to have been Mr Kipoi’s campaign manager in the last elections, states that he is affected by the investigations carried out by the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee of Parliament against MP Kipoi, which he says are against the rules of natural justice as he was not given a hearing.

Parliament has been investigating MP Kipoi after he missed 15 consecutive sittings of the House and recommended a possible declaration of his seat vacant.

Mr Wekoye claims the Rules Committee did not accord him the opportunity to be heard despite a notice through an application over his willingness to meet the committee and explain the cause of his absence from the House.

Mr Wekoye states that Parliament is not a competent court as envisaged under Article 86 of the Constitution to hear and determine any question whether a seat of a Member of Parliament has become vacant as it was with the scenario of former army MP David Sejusa whose seat was declared vacant late last year for his continuous absence from the House.

Through his lawyers, Mbidde and Co Advocates, the voter adds that if the proceedings of the Rules Committee are allowed by the Constitutional Court to continue, the committee would have an effect of usurping the will of the electorate of Bubulo West.

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