MPs sue Kadaga as house votes on age limit bill

The six MPs with their lawyer Lukwago

Six legislators have taken Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, and Attorney General to High Court for illegally suspending them from the house on Monday.

They want court to declare the decision of the Speaker to suspend them from Parliament on December 18, as invalid.

They are; Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Gerald Karuhanga, Allan Ssewanyana, Mubarak Munyagwa, Anthony Akol and Jonathan Odur.

They managed to secure a court order restraining the Speaker from keeping them or any other Member of Parliament from attending or participation in the ongoing proceedings intended to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution.

In their affidavit, the MPs contend that the Speaker invoked her powers to suspend them from the remainder of the session without regard to an equivocal provision of the constitutions and yet the law on natural justice requires any person to be accorded a right to fair hearing.

The affidavit says it is interest of natural justice that the declarations and orders be granted to the applicant because their suspension has caused them suffering and their electorate whose views will not be represented if they are not allowed in Parliament.

Justice Margaret Oguli-Oumo, the deputy head of the Civil Division of the High Court, set 2:00pm to hear the case.

Yet when the MPs appeared at parliament to serve the speaker and attorney general with the court order, they were blocked by parliamentary police.

Medard Ssegona and Wilfred Niwagaba were arrested and locked away.

The MPs are represented by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who appeared at parliament too donning a red ribbon.

Meanwhile, plenary resumed after a 30-minute suspension and is expected to vote on the age limit bill.

The Speaker has clarified to the House that the Speaker does not vote on the floor.

She observed that Court process cannot be served on parliament within the precincts of Parliament when the House is in session.

The two members arrested were trying to serve Court process on Parliament, she said in reference to the detained MPs.

The Speaker also insisted that the members vote in whether the Constitution Amendment Bill be read for the 2nd time and Members have started voting despite concerns from a section of members.