Their statements follow a fresh fight between the Party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba and the Partys Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi. Squabbles between the two leaders took a new twist after the dismissal of more than 400 staff members from the party secretariat.
The MPs are among those who have openly opposed the amendment of article 102 b of the constitution to lift the 75-year cap on the presidential age. They had joined their counterparts in the party to discuss a strategy on how to handle impending consultative meetings on the proposed amendment.
According to the NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, all candidates will undergo thorough screening to ascertain their capabilities and strengths before their names are forwarded to the National Executive Committee conference in October.
MPs Mohammad Nsereko, representing Kampala Central, Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba, Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo and the Buyaga East MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire were expelled from the ruling National Resistance Movement in April 2013 by NRM\'s CEC chaired by President Yoweri Museveni for alleged indiscipline and defying party positions.
According to some sources that attended the CEC meeting, Museveni reportedly said article 83 which spells out how an MP vacates office isn't clear. In his speech to the NRM Central Executive Committee-CEC meeting at State House Entebbe on Thursday last week, Museveni said there was need to cure the indiscipline in the party that could only be achieved through a constitutional amendment.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has set April 17 as the date it will concurrently hold the by-elections for the vacant positions of Kampala Lord Mayor and in the four constituencies that were formerly represented by four expelled NRM rebel MPs.
In the said decree, I am retrained by the Court from allowing the four Members mentioned to continue sitting in Parliament or to take part in any Parliamentary activity or any of its committees and to stop payment to them of any salaries, allowances, other emoluments and entitlements, save for those that may have accrued to them immediately before the issuance of the Court orders.
The Constitutional Court has today ruled to throw four outspoken legislators out of parliament after they were expelled from the ruling NRM party last year. In a 4 to 1 ruling, the judges said the four MPs commonly referred to as â€œrebelsâ€ for always going against party positions, are in parliament illegally after the party on which they stood and won elections in 2011 expelled them.
Last year, the Constitutional Court ordered the Speaker of Parliament to temporarily block the four MPs from accessing Parliament until the final verdict is delivered but the Supreme Court reversed the same decision and the MPs have been conducting Parliament business.
Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu says the judges donâ€™t state clearly whether the MPs will be earning half of their salaries or not. Katuntu argues that it will be hard for the Speaker to enforce such a ruling because of the ambiguity surrounding it.
Four of the five Constitutional Court judges bar the MPs, who were expelled from the National Resistance Movement (NRM), from participating in any parliamentary activities till the final judgement of the case filed by the ruling party against them.
While addressing journalists at parliament, the MPs who include Theodore Ssekikubo from Lwemiyaga, Wilfred Niwagaba from Ndorwa East and Barnabas Tinkasiimire from Buyaga West said that the reason they stormed out of the Constitutional Court yesterday is because their fate is already predetermined.
The Constitutional Court has today continued with the case against the Members of Parliament expelled from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) despite communication from the Supreme Court to stay the case.
The Court of Appeal has declined to grant permission to the 4 NRM MPs to appeal to the Supreme Court over their impending expulsion from Parliament. MPs Theodore Ssekikubo, Wilfred Nuwagaba, Barnabas Tinkasiimire and Mohammed Nsereko were challenging the jurisdiction of 3 judges to hear and determine a Constitutional application by their party seeking to throw them out of parliament.
Members of parliament have today during an early morning parliamentary session put the government chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba to task to allocate the Rwampara Member of Parliament Kyamadidi Vincent a sectoral committee on which he should offer his service.
The NRM party has selected new members to take up the seats of the four \"rebel\" MPs expelled from the party. Col Fred Tumwesigye, Oromait Proscovia, Khiddu Makubuya and Kabakumba Matsiko are among the NRM MPs to benefit from the change.
Four Members of Parliament who were dismissed from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have accused Secretary General Amama Mbabazi and party Chief Whip Justine Kasule Lumumba of contempt of Parliament.