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Rebel MPs’ hearing set for March 4
Publish Date: Feb 28, 2014
Rebel MPs’ hearing set for March 4
Left-right: MPs Wilfred Niwagaba, Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Abdu Katuntu (their lawyer) and Theodore Ssekikubo
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By John Masaba

The Supreme Court has set March 4 to hear an appeal filed by the rebel MPs.

According to Abdu Katuntu, one of lawyers representing the rebel MPs, the hearing could allow the MPs back in the House until the court pronounces itself on the matter.

The hearing could also stop the Electoral Commission from going ahead with organizing fresh election in the MPs’ constituencies.    

MPs Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga) were kicked out of parliament last week by the Constitutional Court after NRM convinced Court that their stay in the House was illegal after their dismissal from the party last year. 

The dismissal came after the party found them guilty of indiscipline.

Justices Richard Buteera, Faith Mwondha and Steven Kavuma ruled that the MPs’ stay in the House was illegal because they were neither representatives of NRM nor opposition or Independent — the three categories that make up representation in the House.

One of the arguments Katuntu will be putting before the Supreme Court is that filling the positions of the four MPs will be a very expensive affair to the government.

“We have been told by Electoral Commission that organizing elections for each of the MPs will cost about sh450m. This adds up to nearly sh2b, which is very expensive for the tax payer,” he said.

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