National
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
  • mail
  • img
newvision

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.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
NRM executives yet to assume office
THE newly appointed NRM executives are yet to take office, pending receipt of their appointment letters and terms of reference...
Media banned from reporting on Kasiwukira investigation
MAKINDYE Chief Magistrate''s Court has banned media from reporting any out-of-court investigations in connection with the death of city businessman Erias Ssebunya Bugembe...
Ongwen lawyer: Who is Helene Cisse?
Helene Cisse, who is Dominic Ongwen''s Duty Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, is a veteran of the law profession....
MSF quits Sudan states over government
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced Thursday its withdrawal from two conflict-hit Sudanese states, saying the government had made it impossible to provide help....
Hypertension rate in Buikwe, Mukono up - survey
More than one in every five adults aged 15 years and above in the two districts of Buikwe and Mukono have hypertension according to a survey released on Wednesday....
Mother arrested attempting to sell own baby
Police in Mityana district have arrested a woman trying to sell her three-week-old baby.Christine Atumuhiire, a resident of Madudu village, Mubende district was arrested on Monday after she approached a witch- doctor in Mityana requesting him to buy her baby for ritual sacrifice....
Do you agree with the new tax on private schools?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter