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MPs Seek to Block Parliamentary Commission from Electing New Members

Three independent Members of Parliament (MPs) have gone to the Constitutional Court seeking for an interim injunction; stopping Parliament from electing new office bearers of the Parliamentary Commission until their petition challenging their exclusion is heard and determined.
Three independent Members of Parliament (MPs) have gone to the Constitutional Court seeking for an interim injunction; stopping Parliament from electing new office bearers of the Parliamentary Commission until their petition challenging their exclusion is heard and determined.

 

The law makers are Sam Otada Amooti Owor (Kibanda County), Mariam Nalubega (Butambala Woman rep.) and Allen Andrew (Bugabula North).

They state that under the current Rules of Procedure, independent MPs are not eligible to form part of the Parliamentary Commission.

 

The MPs claim Parliament has already kick started  the  preparations to replace the current commissioners whose term in office is expiring next month, the exercise they say, they don’t want to miss out.

 

The yet to be elected members of the commission will hold office until the end of this current 9th Parliament.

 

The application for an interim injunction was filed on Thursday evening by the MPs.

 

The politicians in their main petition which is yet to be determined; are now seeking court’s declarations that Rule 11 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament (2012) is inconsistent with article 21 (1) and (2) of the Constitution and that it should be declared null and void.

 

The MPs are being represented in court by MB Gimara Advocates.

 

By press time, the court had not fixed a date to hear this application for interim injunction.

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