It follows a petition filed by Jeremiah Kamurali and Robert Tumusiime Aarali, former NRM candidates challenging the elections of Uganda’s representatives to EALA.
Kampala High court has given Richard Sezibera, the secretary general of the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA 10 days to defend himself over allegations of harboring 9 people who were elected fraudulently by the Ugandan parliament to the assembly. It follows a petition filed by Jeremiah Kamurali and Robert Tumusiime Aarali, former NRM candidates challenging the elections of Uganda’s representatives to EALA. They argue that the elections were not conducted in accordance with the EALA treaty.
Through Kamba and company advocates the petitioners claim that none of the 9 members has ever been gazetted and now want court to hold that Sezibera erred when he allowed them to take oath as EALA members. They also contend that EALA elections in Uganda were illegally held as members from Democratic Party and Uganda People’s Congress were not vetted by parliament as provided for in the law.
They also argue that special interest groups such as youths and the disabled were barred from the election which renders it a nullity. Kamurali and Tumusiime Aarali want court to declare that Uganda does not have duly elected EALA members and issue and order recalling any person holding out as such. Parliament held the EALA MP elections on May 30, 2012 amidst controversy on whether or not the elections complied with the EAC treaty that provides for the representatives of members of all shades of opinion.
The main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change-FDC boycotted the polls and petitioned the East African Court-EAC court of justice for a legal interpretation.