Expelled MPs to Speaker: Don’t act on unapproved orders

KAMPALA-The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, had by yesterday not taken any decision following an order directing four MPs to vacate the House.

Ms Hellen Kaweesa, the Parliament public relations officer, said in a telephone interview they were waiting for a communication from court.

“We can only act on court orders but we have not received any letter to that effect,” Ms Kaweesa said.

On Friday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the MPs, including Mr Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Mr Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Mr Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga County) who were expelled from NRM were in Parliament illegally.

The MPs, through their lawyers, requested Ms Kadaga not to act basing on order presented to her office without their approval as required by the law.

While citing the judicature rules, the MPs said the order had to be approved by lawyers of all parties in the case, which had not been done.

“In the spirit of section 95 of the parliamentary Elections Act 2005, no by-elections can be organised until after the disposal of the appeal. The order of the Constitutional Court to the effect that our clients vacate Parliament and the by-elections should be held was itself subject to the parliamentary Act,” wrote the lawyers led by Ms Alaka and Company Aocates.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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