The four legislators who were last month expelled from NRM party on Wednesday lashed out at the Attorney General for what they described as the devaluation of the justice system in the country.
Peter Nyombi wrote to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday in reference to the letter written by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi demanding that the four vocal MPs Muhammed Nsereko, Winfred Niwagaba, Bernabas Tinkasimire and Theodore Ssekikubo be expelled from Parliament.
After being expelled from NRM for alleged indiscipline and opposing party positions, Mbabazi, who is also ruling party secretary general, wrote to the Speaker to invoke Article 83 (g) of the Constitution and push them out of Parliament. This would have rendered their seats vacant.
But Speaker Kadaga on May 2 ruled in favour of the rebel MPs, as the vocal legislators are commonly known, arguing that their expulsion from the party did not necessarily mean losing their seats in Parliament.
Government through Attorney General Peter Nyombi has gone to court as they continue to push for the four MPs to get out of Parliament.
Today Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga County MP said they would ordinarily not have a problem, but they find it unbecoming for Nyombi the Attorney General of Uganda to give an opinion on a party issue. The MPs wondered who made a referral to Nyombi to write a statement because neither the Speaker’s statement on the floor nor Mbabazi’s letter gave Nyombi copies.
Ssekikubo accuses Nyombi of working with the NRM yet his office is constitutional reminding him that today Thursday 16th, the AG is a respondent to a Constitutional Court petition filed by himself through Kibuku County MP Kamba Saleh.
Ssekikubo says given Nyombi’s statement, they call on him to be man enough and declare his interest and stop hoodwinking the public.
The MPs also call on President Yoweri Museveni to let the Judiciary do its work and not hold clandestine meetings. Ssekikubo reveals that last week on the 9th President Museveni allegedly met Justice Steven Kavuma, the Acting Deputy Chief Justice to among others discuss matters of the expelled MPs.
In the meeting it is alleged that President Museveni expressed disappointment that Speaker Kadaga was recreating a scenario that happened in the 1960s when Democratic Party MPs crossed to Uganda People’s Congress.
The President was also hurt that this is the same thing that happened in Buganda before Independence to have indirect elections to Parliament.
In Nyombi’s statement he quotes Article one of the Constitutions that states that power belongs to the people. Tinkasiimire wondered how 22 members of the NRM Central Executive Committee sat dismissed them.
Efforts to get in touch with AG Nyombi were futile but he is expected at the Constitutional Court tomorrow when the case filed by MP Kamba seeking an interpretation of the speaker’s ruling starts.