Speaker Rebecca Kadaga Monday’s action of suspending 6 members of parliament from the house may be welcomed with a suit as the aggrieved MPs cite illegality in the procedure she executed her power.
Kadaga on Monday suspended MPs Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Allan Ssewanyana, Gerald Karuhanga, Jonathan Odur, Akol Anthony and Mubarak Manyangwa for standing up and defying her repeated orders of having them sit down. The MPs are faulted for causing chaos in Parliament during proceedings as the Legal and parliamentary affairs committee presented a report on the presidential age limit.
Jonathan Odur, the Erute South member of parliament who will miss 7 sittings as a result of the suspension notes that much as the speaker’s order on sending them out is within her powers, the procedures in which she exercised them are unlawful.
Appearing in a televised interview this morning, Odur said their suspension was unlawfully made because the house was already suspended adding that Kadaga was doing it in her own capacity as an Mp and not as a speaker.
He also contends that there was nothing that he did in the house that warranted the suspension. Odur accused the speaker of being partial citing actions by deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana and lands minister Persis Namuganza which he said invited tougher sanctions from the speaker, but instead she ignored. According to Odur, Rukutana shouted as he was trying to move a motion and Namuganza pushed a colleague.
He also cited wrongs in how the speaker treated MPs Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo woman Mp) and Prof Ogenga Latigo(Agago North) when they stood up to the floor to make assertions.
Odur said they(suspended MPs) are exploring several options to have the speaker in court.
Cecilia Ogwal also on Monday revealed that she will be facing it in court with Kadaga.
She faults the way Kadaga chaired the parliamentary sitting.
“I am very disappointed with how the Speaker is guiding the House, I was not in the House on (Sept) 27th but today I have seen for myself, I am left with no choice but to go to court”- Mp Ogwal told the press outside parliament.