Parliamentary Commissioners Sued Over Service Award

A lawsuit has been filed against the Parliamentary Commission over a contentious "service award" given to the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, and three other back-bench commissioners. Daniel Bwette, a concerned citizen, lodged the case with the High Court in Kampala, alleging that the disbursement of Shs1.7 billion to these individuals was illegal and unjust.

The lawsuit requests a declaration that the Parliamentary Commission’s decision to award Shs500 million to Mr. Mpuuga and Shs400 million each to three other commissioners on May 6, 2022, is null and void. The court documents show that this payment, attended by the Speaker of Parliament, was made without involving the Parliament or any of its committees, which Mr. Bwette claims makes the decision illegitimate and procedurally improper.

Mr. Bwette argues that the payment is not part of the Parliament’s authorized compensation structures and violates the Constitution. His lawyers are seeking a court declaration that the Parliamentary Commission's actions were an abuse of administrative power. 

Justice Douglas Singiza has set deadlines for the submission of written arguments from both parties, with a court appearance scheduled for further directions.

Simultaneously, MP Theodore Ssekikubo is campaigning to censure Mr. Mpuuga and his colleagues, although he faces opposition from the NRM Chief Whip. Additionally, lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has withdrawn his prosecution against the commissioners to allow the censure motion to proceed.

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