Despite a pending appeal in which four MPs expelled from the ruling party are challenging the Constitutional Court for ordering them to vacate their seats in Parliament, the party has already kicked off arrangements for by-elections to replace them.
Senior party officials said on Friday that a programme that would guide the party in organising the primaries ahead of the by-elections would be announced soon. “We are heading to Bubulo Constituency to replace Mr Toni Kipoi and as soon as we finish that, we shall release a programme which is being finalised to replace the expelled MPs. We have sent out notices to members and we are also beginning to mobilise,” said Prof Elijah Mushemeza, the vice chairperson of the NRM party electoral commission.
ExpulsionThe Constitutional Court on February 21 ordered Mr Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Mr Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Mr Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga) to vacate their seats in Parliament, saying they were illegally in office upon expulsion from their party.
However, Mr Sekikubo warned the party against what he described as manipulation of the laws.
“What they are doing is to use NRM as a body in an effort to upset the status quo. As they do that, NRM is not the first and the last party. But if they cannot respect the rule of law, and allow the due process of the law to take its course, what message do we send to the people of Uganda?” he lamented.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor