28 December 2017

Uganda: Age Limit - Court Summons Speaker Kadaga, AG Over Suspension of MPs

Kampala — The High Court in Kampala has issued fresh summons ordering Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Attorney General (AG) to appear in court over allegations of suspending six MPs during the voting of the contentious age limit Bill.

The presiding judge Margaret Oguli Oumo adjourned the case to January 3 next year after the two respondents (Kadaga and AG) failed to turn up for the hearing of the case.

"Take notice that hearing of this suit has been fixed on January 3, 2018 at 10:00am. If no appearance is made on yourself, pleader or someone by law authorised to act for, the matter shall be heard in your absence," reads part of the hearing notice signed by Justice Oguli.

However, when Daily Monitor contacted the AG, Mr William Byaruhanga on telephone, he was shocked that he did not have a representative from his chambers.

The suspended MPs are; Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Jonathan Odur (Erute County South), Mubarak Munyangwa (Kawempe South), Anthony Akol, (Kilak North) Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kira Municipality).

The group that had appeared in court Thursday morning in company with their lawyer, Erias Lukwago, said they were so disappointed with the way the AG is acting.

"After waiting for so long for the representative of the AG to turn up, we were only informed by the judge after making a call to their chambers that he (Mr Elisha Bafirawala) was indisposed. Not even the speaker showed up yet she was summoned," Mr Lukwago told journalists who had been barred from entering court.

In their petition, the suspended MPs filed in Kampala High Court last week, they had contended that the matching order issued to them by Ms Kadaga, barring them from attending the debate on the Bill, is illegal.

The MPs were suspended for seven sittings during last week's heated debate on the Bill after the majority and minority reports on the Bill were tabled for debate.

They wanted court to declare their suspension invalid and to order the Speaker to rescind her decision and allow them back in the House.


Crested Cranes in Another Test As Ethiopia Pose Threat

Crested Cranes are high in spirit after beating Kenya in the opener of this year's Cecafa Women Championship on Thursday… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Monitor. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.