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Opposition condemns ejection of ‘rebel’ NRM legislators from Parliament

Several opposition and independent legislators have condemned the expulsion of their colleagues from Parliament and accused government of gagging those that are critical of President Museveni and corrupt officials in his government.

Addressing the press at Parliament on Thursday, the MPs warned judges against accepting to be used by the government to deliver unfair judgements.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that the presence of MPs Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga County) in Parliament was nullified when they were dismissed from the NRM party upon whose mandate they were elected.

The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, then ruled that the rebel NRM legislators are now barred from participating in any parliamentary activities unless they obtain a stay of execution order. But the MPs on Thursday queried the Speaker’s decision, saying the lawmakers are in the process of appealing to the Supreme Court.

“We hope the Supreme Court will not be influenced or threatened by the President like was the case with the Constitutional Court judges. If the Supreme Court isn’t biased, then the Constitution shall prevail,” Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga said.

Some MPs said government is witch-hunting the lawmakers. They vowed to campaign for them to ensure they are back in Parliament. “What happened is so sad and a disfranchisement of the voters. The basic reason Ugandans vote MPs is because they must speak for them,” said Kalungu legislator Joseph Ssewungu.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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