Honourable members, you have heard about the much publicized letter from the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party informing the Speaker that the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the NRM Party had received a report and recommendations of its internal Disciplinary Committee and that four members of the party who are also members of Parliament, namely
1.Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo, member of parliament for Lwemiyaga Country;
2.Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba, member of Parliament for Ndorwa East Constituency;
3.Hon. Mohammed Nsereko, member of Parliament for Kampala Central Constituency;
4.Hon. Banarbas Tinkasimire, member of Parliament for Buywaga West Constituency .had been expelled from NRM.
The letter also requested the Speaker to invoke her powers to direct the Clerk to Parliament to declare the seats of the said members of Parliament vacant so as to enable the Electoral Commission to organize bye-elections in their respective constituencies.
Honourable members, you will appreciate that since we embraced the multiparty systems of Government this will be the first time that a political organization or party has expelled its members who are at the same time elected Members of Parliament and formally requested the Speaker to direct the Clerk to declare their seats vacant.
Article 83 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides as follows
83. Tenure of office of members of Parliament.
(1) A member of Parliament shall vacate his or her seat in Parliament
(a) if he or she resigns his or her office in writing signed by him or her and addressed to the Speaker;
(b) if such circumstances arise that if that person were not a member of Parliament would cause that person to be disqualified for election as a member of Parliament under article 80 of this Constitution;
(c) subject to the provisions of this Constitution, upon dissolution of Parliament;
(d) if that person is absent from fifteen sittings of Parliament without permission in writing of the Speaker during any period when Parliament is continuously meeting and is unable to offer satisfactory explanation to the relevant parliamentary committee for his or her absence;
(e) if that person is found guilty by the appropriate tribunal of violation of the Leadership Code of Conduct and the punishment imposed is or includes the vacation of the office of a member of Parliament;