Members of Parliament have vowed not to let what they view as unconstitutional behavior prevail in the country. A group of legislators, many of them from the opposition side have dragged government to court over the appointment of General Aronda Nyakairima, Internal Affairs minister.
The former Chief of Defense Forces was appointed minister in a recent cabinet reshuffle. He however, didn’t resign from the army like the case has been with other army officials appointed to take up political offices. Aronda was approved on Thursday last week by the appointments committee amidst protests by some members of parliament and Civil society.
Now, through Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP, opposition MPs have petitioned court saying the appointing authority violated article 99, subsections; 1, 2 and 3 of the constitution which bars a serving member of UPDF from occupying a political position without retiring or resigning from the army.
The petitioners also claim that the appointments committee of parliament that approved the appointment of Nyakairima was not constituted in accordance with rule 151 of the parliamentary rules of procedure.
The MPs want court to declare the appointment of Nyakairima as minister null and void saying it contravenes rule 151 of the rules of procedure, section 99 of the UPDF Act 2005, section 16 of the political parties and other organisations Act and the 1995 constitution of Uganda.
Olanya says that they will file the petition before the constitutional court later today. Other petitioners include Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the leader of opposition, Sam Otada, Kibanda West and Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP.