Four law firms have dragged former NRM rebel Members of Parliament to the High Court over failure to pay Sh8bn in legal fees that a rose out of representation and submissions made by on behalf of the said MPs both in the Constitutional and Supreme courts that so their expulsion from parliament over turned.
In 2013, the National Resistance Movement pulled all strings available to remove Theodore Ssekikubo, Mohammed Nsereko, Barnabas Tinkasimire and Wilfred Niwagaba from Parliament. It was, however, dealt a heavy blow recently when the Supreme Court finally ruled in the rebels’ favor.
This is the very reason the law firms have dragged MPs Theodore Sekikubo, Barnabs Tinkasiimire, Muhammad Nsereko and Wilfred Nuwagaba in Court. The Firms Victoria Advocates and legal Consultants, Kwesigabo, Bamwine and Walubiri advocates, Lukwago and Company Advocates and Alaka and Company Advocates claim they were instructed by the MPs between 2014-2015 to file defenses and appeals in cases where their party NRM wanted them to vacate their seats in parliament on grounds that it had expelled them due to indiscipline.
On February 21, 2014, the court ordered the legislators out of Parliament and declared their seats vacant after the the group had been expelled by the top organ of the ruling NRM after they were implicated over indiscipline and breach of the party code of conduct. However, through the said lawyers they challenged their expulsion in the High Court.
The firms contend that they filed numerous documents and engaged in extensive research plus making so many appearances but the MPs have not paid them a penny.
The court’s deputy registrar Alex Ajiji has notified all the parties that he will preside over this application for bill of costs on November 15th 2016.