Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday September 6, 2013 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.
The lawmakers include; Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County) Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga County), Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Ndorwa East’s Wilfred Niwagaba.
The four 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.
The ruling means that the lawmakers temporarily stay out of Parliament until the Supreme Court makes a final ruling regarding their fate.
Friday’s ruling stems from an application filed by the ruling party seeking to eject the MPs from parliament. It came after Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament rejected a request by the the NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi, to eject the MPs.
The 5 judges of the constitutional court include Steven Kavuma, the Deputy Chief justice, Augustine Nshiimye, Remmy Kasule, Faith Mwondha and Richard Buteera.
However, Justice Remmy Kasule, disagreed with the ruling of his colleagues.
Friday’s ruling comes days ahead of the MPs’ appearance before the Supreme Court seeking orders to stay the constitutional court from hearing and determining the NRM case. The Supreme Court is set to hear their applications on the matter on Monday.