President Yoweri Museveni wants the NRM national delegate’s conference to approve his recommendation to amend the national constitution to ensure that MPs expelled from the party for indiscipline automatically lose their seats.
The recommendation is one of the proposals lined up for discussion in the NRM national delegate’s conference scheduled for December 14th.
In his speech to the NRM Central Executive Committee-CEC meeting at State House Entebbe on Thursday last week, Museveni said there was need to cure the indiscipline in the party that could only be achieved through a constitutional amendment.
Museveni’s proposal comes at a time when the ruling party is involved in a protracted legal battle with four legislators who were kicked from the party for alleged indiscipline and failure to tow the party line.
The party made various attempts to kick the legislators out of parliament in vain.
They are Theodore Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga County Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East, Mohammed Nsereko, Kampala Central MP and Buyaga West Banarbas Tinkasimire.
However, Museveni argues that in order to ensure cohesion they must indiscipline among leaders especially in parliament and district councils adding that, the national constitution should be amended to clarify that if an NRM legislator is legally expelled from the party, she or he should automatically be expelled from parliament.”
According to some sources that attended the CEC meeting, Museveni reportedly said article 83 which spells out how an MP vacates office isn’t clear.
The articles states that an MP shall leave office if she or he resigns in writing. The constitutional framers never envisaged a situation where an MP is expelled from the party.
The president said that apart from defeating dictatorships and reconstructing Uganda, NRM has been able to build a strong party base on four principles of patriotism, pan Africanism, socio economic transformation, and ensuring the reintroduction and development of democracy.
He said in order to stay the course of democracy there is a need to amend the constitution to cure the indiscipline among politicians. Among other laws the president proposed and got CECs’ approval is the confiscation of property from people who have stolen from the State.
He explained that, Uganda continues to have the problem of corruption by state officials such as traffic police, weigh bridge and Naads officials adding that, the answer for this is two- no bail for those accused of corruption and confiscation of their properties upon conviction.