MAIN CELEBRANT OF PARLIAMENT WEEK: Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga

Kampala High Court has ordered the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to pay costs to six suspended MPs during the Age Limit debate.

This was after Kadaga, the Attorney General or lawyer Elisha Bafirawala failed to turn up in court for hearing of the case.

In her ruling, High Court judge, Margaret Oguli ordered Kadaga to pay costs to the MPs.

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She further issued fresh summons requiring Kadaga and the Attorney General to appear on January 3, 2018 for the hearing of the main suit.

The six MPs, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Gerald Karuhanga, Allan Ssewanyana, Mubarak Munyagwa, Anthony Akol and Jonathan Odur dragged Kadaga to court last week after she suspended them from participating in the Age Limit debate on Monday.

They argued that their suspension from the debate without consideration of the due process and all the tenets of natural justice is a violation of Article 28 and 42 of the Constitution.

They thus requested for an order, restraining the Speaker from keeping them or any other Member of Parliament from attending or participation in the then ongoing proceedings intended to amend Article 102 (b) of the Constitution.

Summons were issued Friday, ordering Kadaga to appear in court in the afternoon, an order she ignored and instead went ahead with the debate which saw Article 102 (b) amended, in effect removing the 75-year age limit cap for President.


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