Rebel MPs Make Defiant Return to Parliament

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Former National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament (MPs) Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Wilfred Niwagaba and Theodore Ssekikubo made a successful defiant appearance in Parliament on Tuesday.

Former National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament (MPs) Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Wilfred Niwagaba and Theodore Ssekikubo made a successful defiant appearance in Parliament on Tuesday.
 
The appearance of the three MPs was despite a Constitutional Court ruling that declared they should be barred from Parliament as they were no longer recognised as NRM MPs.
 
The MPs, along with Kampala Central MP Muhammed Nsereko, were expelled from NRM April 14, 2013.
 
Nsereko did not make the Parliament appearance with his fellow "rebel MPs" as he is said to be out of the country.
 
Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that the MPs should no longer conduct House business since by being expelled by their party; they had automatically lost their seats too.
 
Five Judges sat to make a decision on the petition filed by the NRM party that sought to force the MPs out of Parliament as they no longer represent it. 
 
Four of the Judges found merit in NRM's petition. The Judges are Richard Buteera, Faith Mwondha, Steven Kavuma and Augustine Nshimye.
 
In their ruling the Judges declared that the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga through the Attorney General Peter Nyombi must temporarily restrain the four MPs from entering the august House.
 
The injunction is supposed to stand until a final judgment is given in the consolidated Constitutional petitions. 

One Judge Remy Kasule disagreed with his learned colleagues. Kasule noted Court had earlier decided against granting a temporary injunction because the issues in the application for a temporary injunction were similar to the issues in the main petition.
 
Kasule argued that Court had already heard the main petition to conclusion and therefore did not see any reason why the judgment on the petition was not pronounced instead of a temporarily injunction, pending judgment on the case that was already decided.

Several legal experts have also come out to criticize the Constitutional court ruling saying it was unconstitutional and unlawful to deprive the MPs of their seats.
 
They also argue that the bench that delivered the ruling was inappropriately constituted as two of the judges joined the case when it was in the middle.
 
The four rebel MPs have since appealed to the Supreme Court and the hearing will kick off this Wednesday, September 11th.