July 24, 2013

Aronda Appointment: MPs Drag Govt To Court

Members of Parliament have vowed not to let what they view as unconstitutional behavior prevail in the country. A group of legislators, many of them from the opposition side have dragged government to court over the appointment of General Aronda Nyakairima, Internal Affairs minister.

The former Chief of Defense Forces was appointed minister in a recent cabinet reshuffle. He however, didn’t resign from the army like the case has been with other army officials appointed to take up political offices. Aronda was approved on Thursday last week by the appointments committee amidst protests by some members of parliament and Civil society.

LOP Nandala Mafabi led the walk out last week.
Leader of Opposition (LOP) in parliament Nandala Mafabi is also part of the petitioners

Now, through Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP, opposition MPs have petitioned court saying the appointing authority violated article 99, subsections; 1, 2 and 3 of the constitution which bars a serving member of UPDF from occupying a political position without retiring or resigning from the army.

The petitioners also claim that the appointments committee of parliament that approved the appointment of Nyakairima was not constituted in accordance with rule 151 of the parliamentary rules of procedure.

Vocal Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga is also part of the petitioners
Vocal Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga is also part of the petitioners

The MPs want court to declare the appointment of Nyakairima as minister null and void saying it contravenes rule 151 of the rules of procedure, section 99 of the UPDF Act 2005, section 16 of the political parties and other organisations Act and the 1995 constitution of Uganda.

Olanya says that they will file the petition before the constitutional court later today.  Other petitioners include Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the leader of opposition, Sam Otada, Kibanda West and Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP.

3 thoughts on “Aronda Appointment: MPs Drag Govt To Court

  1. this thing of going to Court is nothing but what we can do is to go to the constitution square.

  2. MPs are absolutely correct to drag Government in court over the selfish and abrogation of the Constitution of Uganda by His Excellency the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni by Aronda Appointment: .The MPs are Patriotic and ready to have Justice done in Uganda
    But,The MPs must know that there are dragging Government in the Courts of Uganda which are Fake and Pro Museveni the one concerned with abrogating the Constitution of Uganda because he is a dictator in Uganda.
    Secondary,In The Courts The Case will be heard by the Judges and Men of President Museveni who works under the supervision and orders of Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki.
    And Lastly, Much as the right direction and decision has been taken by the elite MPs to sue Government also they should not tolerate starting a struggle and withdraw when Museveni using the Governments Funds comes to meet them with envelops from the State House in Order to with draw the Case. Start the Struggle and finish it for the Good of the Citizens of Uganda.

  3. Going to court is useless because ugandans know that in such cases the dictaor simply gives a call to the judge and directs him what to do.

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