By Anne Mugisa
A sigh of relief can temporarily be breathed by the so called NRM ‘Rebel’ MPs after the Supreme Court ordered a stay of their ouster from Parliament that had been ordered by the Constitutional Court.
Last week, the Constitutional Court ordered the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to block four former NRM MPs from accessing Parliament premises, offices and conducting business as members of Parliament.
The four MPs: Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala central), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga west) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) had lodged a case in the Supreme Court that should have been heard on Monday, but was deferred to today (Wednesday).
Six of the seven Justices of the Supreme Court agreed to stay the execution while the seventh, Esther Kisakye disagreed. The temporary stay of execution lasts until September 18, 2013 when the Court is due to hear an appeal by the MPs against the injunction issued against them by the Constitutional Court.
Prior to the ruling, the Court was told that the Speaker of Parliament had defied the Constitutional Court ruling and instead wrote to the Supreme Court saying she was in a dilemma on how to execute the order.
This followed communication from the Attorney General to her to execute the order of the Constitutional Court.
Kadaga’s letter to the Registrar of the Constitutional Court was written on September 9, 2013 and was received in the Court registry the next day.