The Constitutional Court declared that the presence of representatives for the army, youth & workers in Parliament is unconstitutional. The ruling was drafted by a Coram of five judges and read by justice Remmy Kasule. Other justices on the panel were Augustine Nshimye, Ruby Opio, Richard Buteera, Fredrick Egonda-Ntende.
The judges unanimously agreed that the MPs' continued stay in the August House was illegal. The ruling followed a series of petitions filed in 2010 by a group of ‘concerned’ voters contesting the procedures that government uses in electing MPs for the special interest groups.
This attracted a lot of mixed reactions and debate from the public. The opposition MPs had also complained over the involvement of the army in the parliamentary affairs saying they had always taken sides with the ruling NRM government and in a way also influenced the legislative processes.
We asked the people if they thought the Constitutional Court was right to make this ruling. 990 people responded with 62% voting YES and 38% voting NO!