MP Ssebunya Pleads with Constituents for Acceptance

2559 Views Wakiso, Uganda

In short
Kasule is one of the few legislators from the Ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party in Wakiso District. He returned to Parliament through a court declaration that nullified the election of Wakayima Musoke Nsereko, a member of the opposition Democratic Party, as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Nansana Municipality.

Nansana Municipality MP Robert Kasule Ssebunya has accused municipal and district leaders of sidelining him. Kasule says that although he is the area legislator, he is never invited to public events, and never informed of any meetings and functions within the constituency.

Kasule, made the remarks while addressing residents of Wamala village where the municipality and Wakiso District authorities were hosting State Minister for Works, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala.

Kasule is one of the few legislators from the Ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party in Wakiso District. He returned to Parliament through a court declaration that nullified the election of Wakayima Musoke Nsereko, a member of the opposition Democratic Party, as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Nansana Municipality.

A panel of three justices led by the then Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma ruled that Wakayima was not validly nominated by the Election Commission (EC) since the name Wakayima did not appear on any of his documents. Instead, the official record had Musoke Hannington Nsereko.

The decision by the court, that sent Ssebunya to parliament without a by-election, evoked anger among residents in the municipality that has a sizeable number of opposition supporters. The residents contend that the decision contravenes articles 1 to 4 of the Constitution.

In what appears to be an act of vengeance, Ssebunya said that has not received public endorsement with many of his constituents calling him 'the court's MP'. He appealed to the Municipal Town Clerk, David Kaweesi, to always ensure that the principal of inviting the area MP is followed.
 
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The legislator encountered exchanges with several members of the public who kept scoffing at him as he laboured to persuade residents and fellow leaders in Nansana to accept him as the area MP.
 
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 But Kaweesi noted that the fact that the area MP was not invited might have been an oversight which was rather not intended by the organizing committee.

"For this particular function, much of the organization was done by the district and I think it was just an oversight that the MP was not invited. But we pledge that this will not happen again," Kaweesi said.