KADAGA: Expelled ‘Rebel’ MPs To Stay In House

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga

The four Members of Parliament who were expelled from their party, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will stay in parliament even though their party parted ways with them.

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga
Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday delivered the eagerly awaited verdict ruling that MPs; Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga) should not vacate their parliamentary seats.

Kadaga says she got a letter from the NRM Central Executive Committee asking her to invoke her powers to direct the Clerk of Parliament to declare the seats vacant after the MPs were expelled from the ruling party last month. The move was to enable the Electoral Commission to organise fresh elections.

“There’s no legal and constitutional basis for them to be expelled from Parliament.” Speaker Kadaga said while delivering her ruling basing it on article 83.

Article 83 of the constitution outlines circumstances under which a lawmaker is likely to lose his or her seat in parliament.

The speaker also noted that since Uganda started operating under a multi-party system this is the first time that a political party or organization has expelled its members, who are at the same time elected Members of Parliament, and formally directed the Speaker to declare their seats vacant.

The legislators were fired from the NRM after the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) decided to adopt the disciplinary committee’s resolution that the outspoken lawmakers be shown the exit.

In addition to basing her decision on the constitution, Kadaga also quoted the case Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) representative in parliament Brigadier Henry Tumukunde.
The Speaker says on the 7th of July 2005 the then Attorney General Khiddu Makubuya proposed that in the interest of peace so as not to cause controversy that clause 26 of the constitution be deleted.

The constitutional amendment Bill was then passed without the provision requiring MPs who leave their parties to lose their seats. Today Kadaga says the decision on the matter has a potential of having serious constitutional ramifications.

In response the government chief whip Justine Lumumba asked the Speaker where the MPs would sit now that they are no longer NRM MPs since she is uncomfortable with them sitting on the NRM side.

Kadaga responded that the MPs would sit in front of her which move was effected immediately.

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12 thoughts on “KADAGA: Expelled ‘Rebel’ MPs To Stay In House

  1. Thank you Honorable speaker for standing your ground and taking the right decision. There should always be separation of power between the three arms of government. Actually it would have been so shameful if the speaker had decided otherwise & it would have set a bad precedent.

  2. Hon. Ssekikubo,Tinkasimire,Nsereko,Niwagaba have defeated m7 and this just the beginning…..

  3. This is evidence of good governance, specifically taking decisions basing on the law and without fear or favour. The sanctity of Parliament has been maintained. I hope NRM party will not release its venom. However, if they do, we will use “sialiva” to neutralize it.

  4. This is the smartest move ever as in due course it would have come back to bite the Speaker herself knowing how opportunistic and sly the 7 is, The sole visionary would have held this on the Parliament and rendered it even more impotent than it already is

  5. Thanks Madam Speaker, now History will judge you kindly as you have not been swayed by the selfish interests and followed the Law

  6. God bless the right Honorable Speaker, may he grant you more wisdom to uphold this nation at a time when it seems to be sinking under the weight of criminal minds

  7. Kadaga thank for being upright,if it where your deputy,this “Rebel” would have been expelled

  8. Hon Kadaga, you are exhibiting qualities of a good future president..Ugandans are behind you

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