August 22, 2013

‘Rebel’ MPs Accuse Judiciary Of Bias

Members of Parliament that were expelled from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have said that one cannot get Justice from the Judiciary because it is biased.

While addressing journalists at parliament, the MPs who include Theodore Ssekikubo from Lwemiyaga, Wilfred Niwagaba from Ndorwa East and Barnabas Tinkasiimire from Buyaga West said that the reason they stormed out of the Constitutional Court yesterday is because their fate is already predetermined.

(R-L) Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimiire and Ndorwa East Wilfred Nuwagaba.
(R-L) Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimiire and Ndorwa East Wilfred Nuwagaba.

The MPs said that when they disagreed with the way court was proceeding, Justice Richard Buteera told them to let the proceedings be saying that they will appeal against the final ruling anyway.

Niwagaba argued that there was no reason for them to continue wasting their time when the case was already ruled on saying that it would be escorting them to execute their already accomplished mission.

The MPs said that the way the bench headed by the acting deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma has been handling the case has been unprofessional from the start saying that Kavuma is a member of the NRM party.

Tinkasiimire demonstrated with the NRM constitution that Kavuma is promoter number 163 of the NRM party and that he has never denounced his membership ever since he became judge.

The legislators argue that they can’t have justice against NRM in a court presided over by the party’s promoter.

Tinkasiimire said that the other member of the bench Augustine Nshimye is promoter number 40 of the NRM party saying that the judges are just hoodwinking the public that there is an on-going court process.

Ssekikubo alleged that the instrument to appoint Kavuma as the substantive Chief Justice has already been drafted awaiting how he handles this case to be signed.

Niwagaba has described President Museveni’s leadership as transactional where he gives people positions in return of how they serve his personal interests.

The members evoked article 137 of the constitution which says that while sitting as the constitutional court, the Court of Appeal shall be composed of not less than five judges. The bench that is hearing the case consists of three judges who include Kavuma, Nshimye and Remy Kasule.

The MPs have been battling a court case against NRM when the party expelled them and went ahead to demand that they be expelled from parliament, a decision that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga contested.

2 thoughts on “‘Rebel’ MPs Accuse Judiciary Of Bias

  1. it seems these Mps are really men of rebellion. they are rebelling agnaist the constitutional court. it is thier right!

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