September 6, 2013

Lukwago Blasts Court Over Expelled MPs’ Ruling

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago on Friday morning hit out at the Constitutional Court over its decision to block Members of Parliament from accessing the August house saying the decision is bad for constitutional governance in the country.

Kampala City Mayor Erias Lukwago
Kampala City Mayor Erias Lukwago

On Friday, Uganda’s Constitutional Court ruled to bar the four expelled National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament from accessing and participating in parliament sessions until court disposes off final hearing of their case.

KCCA Lord Mayor Lukwago has become one of the first members of Uganda’s legal fraternity to criticize the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

The Mayor who is a known critic of President Museveni’s government said via his Facebook wall that with the decision, the Constitutional Court had overturned a long standing principle that governs temporary injunctions.

“By ordering that the ‘rebel MPS’ should vacate the House pending determination of the main petition challenging their seats, the Constitutional Court has not only overturned the age old principles governing temporary injunctions but has set a dangerous precedent for constitutional governance in this country.” Lukwago wrote on his Facebook wall.

The four Lawmakers were expelled from the ruling NRM for alleged indiscipline early this year by the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC). It was chaired President Yoweri Museveni who is also NRM party chairperson.

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