KAMPALA, UGANDA: Uganda’s State Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Persis Princess Namuganza has run to courts of law (The High Court Division in Kampala) to challenge Parliament’s decision that ended up in censuring her.
It’s should be remembered that last week, Uganda’s Parliament censured the embattled minister over derogatory remarks and disrespectful conduct which the Chairperson of the committee Hon Mwine Mpaka described as; “…the matters raised in the interview [which Hon Namuganza gave to various media houses] was obnoxious, reckless, insufferable, beyond the pale and in per incuriam.”
During the plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, a tally of 356 votes, 348 voted to have the minister censured, five MPs voted no with three abstentions.
“Upon a vote of censure being passed against a Minister, the President shall, unless a Minister resigns his or her office, take appropriate action in the matter,” reads Article 118(2) of the Constitution.
A week later after the parliamentary censure, Namuganza now since filed a High Court petition for judicial review before the President appends his signature.
Namuganza also declined to appear and defend herself in both the committee and in the House, choosing to instead say the matter is before court and therefore sub-judice, a view repeated by her lawyers who sought to halt the proceedings on the same ground.
“An order of Certiorari doth issue quashing the findings and recommendations of the Select Committee of Parliament on the Motion for a resolution of Parliament to Pass a Vote of Censure against the Applicant and any resolution of Parliament based or arising from the same,” Namuganza seeks in a petition suing the Attorney General.
“An order of Certiorari doth issue quashing the resolution of Parliament censuring the Applicant from the office of a Minister in the Government of Uganda.
“An order doth issue expunging the impugned report of the select committee on the motion for resolution of parliament to pass a vote of censure against the Applicant from the records of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.
“A permanent injunction doth issue stopping the Respondent and all its agents from executing the said resolution of Parliament and the report of the select committee to censure the Applicant.