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Parliament Asked to Stay Administration of Oath for MP Ssekikubo

Nkalubo has now turned his rage to Parliament challenging it to stay Ssekikubos swearing until the matter before court is resolved. The administration of oaths for members of tenth parliament begins on Tuesday May 17. The program shows that Ssekikubo will be sworn-in on Wednesday May 18.
13 May 2016 17:09
Ssekikubo after the court session today

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Patrick Nkalubo, a former contestant in the Lwemiyaga County parliamentary race is pleading with parliament to stay the administration of oath for his rival Theodore Ssekikubo pending disposal of an election petition before Court.

Nkalubo, who lost to Ssekikubo in February 18 polls, filed an application of a vote recount, challenging Ssekikubo's victory. He alleged that the results were affected by numerical errors that gave Ssekikubo advantage over other candidates.

The results declared by the Electoral Commission indicate that Ssekikubo won the race with 9,272 votes representing 52.77 percent of the tally against Patrick Nkalubo's score of 8,074 votes representing 45.95 percent of the total votes cast.

In subsequent legal battles, Nkalubo secured a court order from the Masaka Chief Magistrate's Court blocking the gazetting of Ssekikubo until the matter is resolved. However, the order was cancelled by High Court in Masaka.

Nkalubo has now turned his rage to Parliament challenging it to stay Ssekikubo's swearing until the matter before court is resolved. The administration of oaths for members of tenth parliament begins on Tuesday May 17. The program shows that Ssekikubo will be sworn-in on Wednesday May 18.

But Nkalubo's lawyers led by Esther Tayebwa say that the interim order staying the cancellation of the gazette was insignificant because it was issued a day after the Ssekikubo had been deleted off the gazette. She adds that since court never issued another order to have him gazetted again, Ssekikubo's swearing in as a member of parliament will be illegal.

//Cue in; parliament only……..

Cue in…………….from the Electoral Commission//

//Cue in, Ssekikubo waliwo…………

Cue out…………no such order//

However, Ssekikubo's lawyer Caleb Alaka says that the adjournment does not in any away affect the planned swearing-in of the legislator. Ssekikubo who was in company of priests of the Orthodox Church has also asked his counterpart to avoid biasing court decisions with their selfish interests.

//Cue in; it should be……….

Cue out…………freely and fairly//

Cue in; Okuwuliriza omusango…………….

Cue out……………bajja kukikiriza//

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