She has been dragged to court in a bid to drag her out of parliament. We set out to establish of the new court proceedings against the Kamuli Woman MP-Elect who has represented the district since 1989, should make her worried about her ability to stand and retain the country's third highest job as Speaker of Parliament.
Apparently, the election petition by Procovia Salaamu Musumba
challenging Rebecca Kadaga’s election as Kamuli Woman MP has no bearing on her
re-lection as Speaker, the rules committee has said.
Musumba, who is the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) vice
president sued the National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Kadaga for alleged
rigging and numerous electoral misdeeds in the Kamuli District Woman parliamentary
Kadaga was declared winner of the January 14th
elections after she garnered 92,388 votes against Musumba’s 26,851.
Now with the petition pending, the Parliament’s
committee on Rules Discipline and privileges has said that the this has no
impact on Kadaga’s bid for Speaker.
Clement Obote Ongalo the chairperson of the committee says
that the petition has no bearing at all unless the petition is finalized with Kadaga's election being nullified.
Ongalo says that now Kadaga like any other MP is entitled to
all the benefits and rights accrued to a member including contesting for any position
since she has been duly gazetted.
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According to Ongalo, although this does not affect her candidature,
some of her supporters could mentally be disturbed thinking that it may
He also adds that this equally applies to someone whose
academic certificates or papers used for coming to Parliament has been challenged.
He says unless the court disposes of the petition, an MP remains an MP and it is also
interesting that a member can appeal the court ruling, and the whole process
still takes longer.
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Ongalo says that in the 10th Parliament, several
members had their elections nullified, but they received all the benefits. He
says this is based on the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
In 2019, the Constitutional Court ordered six MPs to vacate
Parliament on grounds that they were elected in constituencies that were
non-existent, but the MPs completed their term after they appealed the decision.
The MPs are Apac Municipality Member of Parliament, Patrick Ocan, Sheema
Municipality MP Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Ibanda Municipality MP Tarsis
Rwaburindore Bishanga, Nebbi Municipality MP Hashim Sulaiman,
Kotido Municipality MP Abrahams Lokii and Asuman Basalirwa for Bugiri Municipality.
In 2016, Habib Buwembo, a concerned voter, filed
an election petition challenging the election of Paul Kato Lubwama as a Member
of Parliament for Rubaga South. Buwembo claimed that Lubwama does not possess the required academic
credentials to be in Parliament. However, Lubwama completed his five-year term
and the case is yet to be disposed.