Kampala Mayor Elias Luwago has harshly criticized the state of Uganda’s parliament in a shocking statement, describing it as a hotbed of crisis.
Lawyer Lukwago represented his client, Mityana city councilor Francis Zaake, at a disciplinary hearing before the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee on Monday. Lukwago, known for his legal expertise and outspoken views, has expressed concerns about the inner workings of the Legislature. He sounded the alarm about the future of the organization by citing several issues that could threaten its stability and functionality.
His outspoken stance on the apparent crisis within parliament has been met with enthusiastic support and sharp scrutiny, heightening the urgency to review and resolve reporting issues plaguing the heart of Uganda’s governance. One of the key points Lukwago highlighted revolved around the integrity of parliamentary procedures, claiming disagreement with established protocols and norms necessary for a functioning democracy.
“We must admit that our parliament is in a serious crisis. Even the leadership does not know what to do. The orders issued by the speaker and committee chairs are uncoordinated,” he said.
Zak is due to appear before the committee on Monday to respond to allegations made by Ms Juliet Kinyamatama, the Rakai district councilwoman. She accused him of defaming her at a rally in her constituency last month. However, Zach was unable to attend the meeting due to a decree issued by Speaker Anita Anita. The order directs committee chairs to pursue any councilor who attends committee meetings but fails to attend plenary meetings.
However, Lukwago vowed that he would file a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court to annul the decree issued by the Speaker last week.
“We are preparing together with some MPs to take instructions from the speaker before the Constitutional Court,” he said.
However, the move to challenge the Speaker’s directive before the Constitutional Court marks a significant escalation in ongoing tensions surrounding parliamentary affairs. Lukwago’s alliance with some lawmakers underscored a united front in seeking judicial review and verification of the directive’s legality within a constitutional framework.
The move not only reflects growing dissatisfaction with parliamentary decisions but also signals Uganda’s strong commitment to upholding the sanctity of constitutional principles. As discussions intensify and legal preparations unfold, the political landscape is gearing up for a potentially landmark legal battle that could redefine the boundaries of parliamentary power within Uganda.
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