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Lyomoki sues NRM

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th July 2007 03:00 AM

WORKERS MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki has dragged the Government and the NRM party to the Constitutional Court for blocking his private members Bill and attempting to discipline him.

WORKERS MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki has dragged the Government and the NRM party to the Constitutional Court for blocking his private members Bill and attempting to discipline him.

By Joyce Namutebi

WORKERS MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki has dragged the Government and the NRM party to the Constitutional Court for blocking his private members Bill and attempting to discipline him.

He accused the leader of Government business in Parliament, the Government chief Whip, the party Secretary General, the NRM Caucus and the party’s disciplinary committee of frustrating him while exercising his constitutional obligations.

Lyomoki said by restraining him from moving a motion in Parliament, the caucus contravened provisions of the national Constitution.

He claimed that by initiating disciplinary proceedings against him for expressing himself in Parliament, the Government Chief Whip, Kabakumba Masiko also contravened the Constitution. Lyomoki is represented by Victoria Advocates and Legal Consultants.

He asked the court to permanently restrain the Government and the NRM party from interfering with his constitutional duties and wants the court to declare as unconstitutional, the Leader of Government Business’s decision prohibiting NRM MPs from tabling Bills without the consent of the caucus.

In addition, he wants court to declare as unconstitutional the decision by the NRM to restrain him from moving the motion on the Bill in Parliament.

In March, Lyomoki moved a motion asking Parliament to allow him to table a Bill titled “The Private Health Units (Regulations) Bill, 2007”. However, the Prime Minister who is the Leader of Government Business, said Lyomoki had acted irregularly. The Bill sought to change the law relating to private medical and dental practice and to regulate management of private health units.

On another occasion, Lyomoki moved a motion urging Parliament to pass a resolution condemning acts undermining the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. This was after the Police raided the High Court and re-arrested suspected PRA rebels on treason charges.

Lyomoki sues NRM

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