THE Ultimate court of the land has today allowed stay of execution of constitutional court orders annulling the election of six members of the 10th Parliament representing the newly created municipalities and giving them orders to vacate parliament.
Supreme Court has now ruled, these MPS should not go out.
The legislators had been ejected from the August House by last year’s constitutional court decision for contesting in non-existing constuiences.
The affected MPs were; Mr Patrick Ochan (Apac, UPC party), Dr Elioda Tumwesigye (Sheema, NRM party), Mr Tarsis Rwaburindore (Ibanda, NRM party), Mr Hashim Sulaiman (Nebbi, NRM party), Mr Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri, Jeema party) and Mr Abraham Lokii (Kotido, NRM party).
The Justices of the court in their unanimous decision, held that the elections in the aforementioned constituents/ municipalities, were conducted neither in general elections nor as a way of by-elections which are the only recognised ways of electing MPs into Parliament.
In a majority ruling of 6-1 today, Judges Stellah Arach Amoko, Rubby Opio Aweri, Lillian Tibatemwa, Paul Mugamba, Richard Buteera and Mike Chibita ruled that there are serious Constiutional and legal matters presented, that the Supreme court may address in an appeal filed by the Attorney General and the Electoral commission before the MPs are kicked out of the house.
In its ruling last year, the Constitutional court ordered that MPs in municipalites that were created after the 2016 General elections leave the House saying that they were unlawfully elected to Parliament before the dissolution of the current parliament.
The court further faulted the EC for organising elections in areas where there were no vacancies.