Petitioner wants more 77 MPs kicked out

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Eddie Kwizera

Eddie Kwizera, the former MP for Bufumbira County East, is in a campaign to have more 77 MPs kicked out of parliament for being elected in non-existent constituencies.

Kwizera filed a petition against 83 constituencies in June last year but only managed to get six MPs ejected from the house by the constitutional court.

They are; Patrick Ochan (Apac, UPC party), Dr Elioda Tumwesigye (Sheema, NRM party), Tarsis Rwaburindore (Ibanda, NRM party), Hashim Sulaiman (Nebbi, NRM party), Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri, Jeema party) and Abraham Lokii (Kotido, NRM party).

Speaking to Daily Monitor at the start of the New Year 2020, Kwizera said his legal team is studying the judgment to establish why court did not pronounce itself on the other 77 constituencies.

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He accused Electoral Commission (EC) and Attorney General (AG) of giving banished MPs “false hope” yet the process of creating constituencies is very clear in the Constitution.

He vowed to cross appeal the judgment in the Supreme Court.

He said MPs should direct their minds to the law at hand and they should know that they did not have Constituencies to represent in Parliament.

Kwizera cited the example of ejected Sheema Municipality MP Dr Elioda Tumwesigye who he said did not resign legally.

“He should go to court and seek interpretation whether his resignation existed or never existed.”

Kwizera described the notice of appeal by the AG as an absurdity to defend illegal issues yet he should have advised the government before reaching court.

“The MPs should be reminded that they cannot appeal as individuals nor bring new evidence unless if EC manufactures the gazette and present it to court,” he told Monitor.

According to him, the MPs should know that they were misled by EC by calling for elections in non-existent constituencies, “so let them prepare for 2021 instead of wasting time and money”.

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