The Supreme Court has ruled that the "Rebel" Members of Parliament temporarily stay in parliament pending the final determination of their appeal.
By Charles Etukuri
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Rebel National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament who were expelled from Parliament by the Constitutional Court temporarily stay in parliament pending the final determination of their appeal.
The four, Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Mohammad Nsereko (Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Barnabas Tinkassimire (Buyaga) were expelled by the Constitional Court last week.
The clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige in a letter to EC declared their seats vacant and today morning, the Electoral Commission fixed April 17 as the election when they are supposed to be replaced.
The 5 justices of the supreme court led by Justice Stella Arach Amoko have unanimously agreed that the expelled MPs should temporarily go back to parliament until the 28th of this month when the same court will hear the MPs main application seeking to permanently restrain the speaker, her deputy and the electoral commission from implementing the orders of the lower court untill the appeal is finally disposed off.
Five justices will hear the main application Justice Amoko, Justice Benjamin Odoki, Justice John Wilson Tsekooko, Justice Galdino Okello and Lady Justice Christine Kitumba.
The Uganda Police Force is now battling the supporters of rebel National Resistance MP, who had come out to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to have them temporarily stay in Parliament until March 28 when it hears its main suit.
Police sources told the New Vision that Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammed Nsereko and Lwemiyaga’s Theodore Ssekikubo were whisked away to Old Kampala Station where they have been detained. Also detained is Mwanga Kivumbi.
Police used teargas and rubber to disperse the crowds which had become rowdy at the notorious Kiseka market a hot sport for riots.
The MP’s clashed with the police as they insisted that they be left to go and join to join Buganda Premier Charles Mayiga who is now at the Park yard market fundraising for the reconstruction of the tombs.
Court rules that "Rebel MPs" can stay for now