September 30, 2015

Workers, Army and Youth MPs Thrown Out Of Parliament

Constitutional Court Yesterday afternoon stated the presence of members of parliament representing army, youth and workers in Parliament is unlawful.

Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga
Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga

The ruling means that the election impending elections of the representatives of the army, youth and workers will not take place unless government appeal the constitutional court decision.

“The impugned law in relation to the election of the representatives of the army, youth and workers is void and we declare so in accordance with Article 2 of the Constitution,” the ruling reads.

Adding; “We do grant an injunction against the respondents restraining them from conducting elections for the special interest groups of the army, youth and workers under the law that we have found unconstitutional.”

However the court ruled that the election for representatives of people living with disabilities can go ahead as the law in relation to the same passes constitutional muster.

Judges on the bench included justice Remmy Kasule, who read the led judgement and Augustine Nshimye, Richard Buteera, Fredrick Egonda-Ntende and Ruby Opio.

The ruling is a corollary of numerous constitutional petitions in 2010 challenging the law that governs the elections of the interest groups.

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