The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo today overruled Lwemiyaga
MP Theodore Ssekikubo for raising concern over President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s presence in
parliament as MPs voted.
According to the order paper for the Election of the Speaker
by members of Parliament, President Museveni’s arrival is supposed to be after
the election of the Speaker.
Now although the Chief Justice Owny-Dollo was going on with
the process of the elections, at the stage of verifying the ballot materials,
Ssekikubo raised a matter of procedure questioning if the process was going well
with the President in attendance yet the order paper says otherwise.
He proposed that there should be an amendment made if the
the process was to continue without any issues.
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However, Owiny-Dollo ruled Ssekikubo out of order saying the President
can come at any time he wishes.
He rejected the proposal to have the order paper amendment,
saying the presence of the President doesn’t affect the election.
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According to the Parliament rules of procedure, there shall be a chair of the President in
the house, and when the President stands or leaves the house will be called in
order and they will stand in silence.
The President may make a statement, but
shall not participate in the proceedings. The rules however do not indicate
when the President comes in.
Meanwhile, the former
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today failed to acknowledge the presence of the President when recognizing
Although her rival Jacob Oulanyah recognized the President,
Chief Justice and other dignitaries, Kadaga simply recognized the Chief Justice
and the other dignitaries while the President was present in the house.