The Ugandan Parliament on Tuesday adopted recommendations from the rules, privileges and discipline committee to kick out Tony Kipoi Nsubuga, the Bubulo West legislator.
It follows investigations by the committee that found the MP guilty of missing 15 consecutive sittings without authorization from the office of the Speaker.
While presenting the report to parliament on Tuesday, Fox Odoi, the chairperson of the Rules, privileges and discipline committee argued that Kipoi be deemed to have ceased to be a Member of Parliament under Article 83(1) (d) of the Constitution of Uganda and Rule 101 (10) of the Rules of Procedure.
Article 83 (1) (d) of the Constitution makes it mandatory for a Member of Parliament to vacate his or her seat in Parliament if the member is absent from fifteen sittings of Parliament without permission in writing of the Speaker during any period when parliament is continuously meeting and is unable to offer satisfactory explanation to the relevant parliamentary committee for his or her absence.
The committee recommended that the process of replacing the errant legislator be initiated in accordance with Article 81 (2) of the Constitution and asked Parliament to adopt the recommendations. Odoi explained to the house that during their hearings Kipoi never showed despite the fact that the committee made all necessary attempts to summon him.
He said the continued absence of the MP without permission from the speaker violated Article 83(1) (d) of the Constitution and Rule 101 (6) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament.
On 26th September, 2013, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tasked the committee to investigate the continued of Kipoi from parliamentary business. According to the committee report, Kipoi only attended 7 out of the 103 sittings of second session of parliament. While there is no record showing that the MP attended any sitting of 57 sittings held in the 3rd session, which started on 6th June 2013.
There are conflicting reports on the whereabouts of the MP who is also facing charges of treason. Initially, it was claimed that Kipoi had been arrested by the Congolese forces in a raid on a base of the M23 rebels in Eastern DRC. However, the MP was later quoted by the media dismissing the reports as false and instead claimed that he was under intensive care at Kinshasa general hospital for unspecified ailment.
Kipoi becomes the second legislator to lose his seat in this parliament for absconding from duty without authority. General David Ssejusa, the renegade army representative was earlier on kicked out over similar grounds after he fled into exile..