Uganda’s Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of the Constitutional Court ruling on the expulsion of “rebel” Members of Parliament from the house.
The Supreme Court’s ruling came hours after the country’s Electoral Commission had set April 17th, 2014 as the date for elections to replace NRM “rebel” MPs and Kampala Mayor.
They include; Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga County), Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa County East).
On 21st February 2014, the Constitutional Court ruled that the NRM ‘rebel’ MPs were in Parliament illegally.
Thursday’s ruling however means the ‘rebel’ MPs are to return to parliament, and EC’s plans to hold by-elections have been halted until their application is disposed off.
The ruling which was delivered by Justice John Wilson Tsekoko stated that the rationale of an interim order is to maintain the statuesque while the applicants exercise their right of appeal.
Tsekoko said that the court in its discretion to make orders to achieve the ends of justice here by grant an interim order and an interim injunction restraining the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Electoral Commission from implementing constitutional court orders.
Tsekoko added that the application for an interim order had not been overtaken by events like the respondents argued saying that the orders have not been fully implemented.