Voter Seeks Expulsion of Four Independent MPs Over Ministerial Jobs

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They are Caroline Okao, the state minister in charge of Micro finance, Chrysostom Miyingo, the state minister for Higher Education, Alex Onzima, the state minister or Local government and the state minister for regional cooperation Asuman Kiyingi.

Humphrey Tumwesigye, a voter from Nkongoro, Nyabiroko sub county in Ntungamo district is seeking the expulsion of four independent MPs from the house for taking up ministerial appointments without resigning their seats.  They are Caroline Okao, the state minister in charge of Micro finance, Chrysostom Miyingo, the state minister for Higher Education, Alex Onzima, the state minister or Local government and the state minister for regional cooperation Asuman Kiyingi. The four MP were elected as independents for their respective seats in Parliament.

Okao is the Amolatar district woman MP, Miyingo represents Bamunanika County, Onzima Maracha County and Kiyingi represents Bugabula County. Through Kyazze and Company advocates, Humphrey Tumwesigye challenges the continued stay of the four legislators in parliament house since they accepted ministerial appointment from the ruling NRM party without resigning their seats. He says that by accepting the ministerial appointments from the ruling National Resistance Movement the four legislators betrayed their and exhibited political hypocrisy.

Tumwesigye also claims that the four MPs attend NRM caucus meetings and conduct themselves as members of the party despite the fact that they took oath as independents, which amounts to political indiscipline. He also claims that the MPs have since abandoned the seats reserved for independent legislators and seat on the NRM side. Tumwesigye wants the constitutional court to declare the action of the four MPs illegal, unconstitutional and order their expulsion from parliament to pave way for fresh elections. The MPs are jointly sued with attorney general and electoral commission. Court is yet to fix a date for hearing the petition.