Four law firms have dragged MPs Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West), Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Wilfred Nuwagaba (Ndorwa West) to the High Court, accusing them of failing to pay sh8 trillion in legal fees.
The said money arises out of representations and submissions made by Victoria Advocates and legal consultants, Kwesigabo-Bamwine and Walubiri advocates, Lukwago and company advocates, and Alaka and company advocates on behalf of the said MPs both in the Constitutional and Supreme Court in 2014-2015.
The law firms claim they were instructed by the MPs to file defences 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.
The firms contend that they filed numerous documents and engaged in extensive research plus making so many appearances, but the MPs, described by many as Rebel Mps, are yet to give them a penny for their work.
The firms say the legislators ignored the lawyers’ 30 days notice to have the matter amicably settled, prompting them to seek court’s intervention.
The court’s deputy registrar Alex Ajiji has received the lawyers complaint and sent out hearing November 15, 2016 notices to all the parties.
8 Trillion. A third of our national annual budget. Lawyers!!