The speaker of parliament will announce the fate of four legislators who were expelled from NRM on Thursday, Red Pepper Online has learnt. Recently, the central executive committee of NRM expelled Muhammed Nsereko, the Kampala Central MP, Wilfred Niwagaba, the Ndorwa East MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga County MP and Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire for alleged indiscipline.
The party leadership accused the MPs of breaching provisions of the NRM code of conduct through use of the wrong fora like the media or opposition party platforms to address pertinent issues, causing intrigue within NRM and using abusive language.
Following the expulsion of the MPs, Amama Mbabazi, the NRM secretary general wrote to Rebecca Kadaga to throw the legislators out of parliament. This afternoon, Hellen Kaweesi, the spokesperson of parliament told URN that Kadaga will announce her decision on Thursday afternoon during plenary.
Kadaga’s decision comes a few days after Peter Nyombi, the attorney general constituted a team of lawyers to define the implications of the expulsion of the MPs. The team is comprised of local government minister Adolf Mwesigye as chairperson; Foreign affairs minister Sam Kuteesa, MP Oboth Oboth and Aston Kajara, the state minister for privatisation.
Nyombi argues that Article 83 (g) of the constitution does not only apply to people who have willfully left a political party but also those expelled by their parties. Nyombi defended his decision to institute a team of lawyers saying that it was done independently and not on instructions of anybody.
He argues that this would ensure that they are in position to be knowledgeable and form an opinion if it is requested in the future. He reveals that the top management of the office of the attorney general sat to carry out research on what it means if a member of parliament is dismissed from a party and whether they should lose their seat.
He says that they will not publish their findings since they have not been requested by anyone. There was drama in the defense committee today when Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala county MP raised a procedural matter and asked in what capacity Ssekikubo was sitting in the committee.
He raised the concern following a letter written by Kasule Justine Lumumba, the NRM chief whip to the speaker of parliament withdrawing the MPs from the respective committees. However, Ssekikubo wouldn’t have any of this. He wondered why NRM affairs were being dragged into the committee.
Ssekikubo said he was perturbed since he was not aware of the development. Defence committee chairperson Milton Muwuma updated Ssekikubo on the development.
Medard Segona, the Busiro East MP provided legal advice to the committee stating that once a party has dismissed its member he is out of reach and the party cannot recall him.
The NRM party electoral commission has already invited aspirants to pick up nomination forms in the four constituencies to replace the expelled MPs.