On Friday, Justice Musa Ssekaana dismissed Buchanan’s application with costs on grounds that it was wrongly filed before the Civil Division of High Court since the applicant was seeking to challenge the criminal exercise of power or jurisdiction.
Tegule told court that his clients need to file a Supplementary Affidavit and asked for a month to settle their issues with Bigirimana through mediation. Karemera didn’t object to the application prompting the judge to adjourn the matter to April 8th, 2020 for the parties to update court on the progress of the mediation exercise.
However, on Tuesday, the NRM party lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka told the panel of five Constitutional Court Judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo that the NRM party Constitution is very clear on whoever wants to contest for the party ticket.
Justice Mwanguhya however, declined to pronounce himself on the allegations that MPs were bribed to support the bill, saying it is the role of the Auditor General to do so. Each MP received Shillings 29M as facilitation to consult voters on the bill
In his opening remarks, Justice Katureebe attributed the delayed judgment to numerous issues including health problems. Justice Katureebe explained that he was unwell and underwent surgery, adding that he will be flying out of the country the next week to undergo eye surgery.
Although the parties in the suit agreed on some legal matters in the case during conferencing before the Constitutional Court Registrar, Sarah Langa in November 2018, the matter hasnt been fixed for hearing.
In the petition, MIFUMI Project, argued that Polygamy violates the right to equality which is guaranteed to all persons by the constitution and that polygamy is discriminatory and undermines the status, dignity, welfare and interest of women because it doesnt allow one woman to marry more than one husband.
The panel of the constitutional court is comprised of the Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonso Owiny-Dollo and Justices Egonda Ntende, Hellen Obura and Ezekiel Muhanguzi. He adjourned court to September 19th when the hearing will start hearing the matter that has been pending for the last eight years.
According to Lukwago, the appellants are seeking re-evaluation of the records presented before the Constitutional court. Lukwago says that the judges misdirected and misevaluated facts in their judgment such as claims that the public was consulted.
In a statement posted on its website, Unwanted Witness Uganda expressed its displeasure towards the repetitive threats being issued by different security agencies targeting dissenting opinions on the internet following the arrest of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi and 33 other people in connection to the Arua municipality MP by-elections.
According to the directive issued on October 16, 2017, Mugenyi stated that consultations by Members of Parliament on the proposal to amend the presidential age which was initially restricted to persons aged between 35 and 75 should be restricted to their respective constituencies.
On Thursday, Constitutional Court Judges, Kenneth Kakuru, Cheborion Barishaki, Elizabeth Musoke and Remmy Kasule nullified the seven-year tenure, saying that it was illegal and unconstitutional. The judges emphasized the need for peoples power to participate in choosing how they should be governed and who should govern them.
The petitioner includes the Uganda Law Society ULS, six opposition Members of Parliament, lawyer Male Mabiriizi, former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika and Prosper Busingye, a concerned citizen, with the Attorney General as the respondent.
Musoke told court that he has doesnt have money at the moment to clear the debt, saying whatever he paid in the past was contributed by his voters. He asked court to give him a grace period to clear the money in installments before the end of August.
The same court has however ordered that the High court assess compensation for Basajjabalaba and his brother after finding that their fundamental rights were violated by both the Director of Public Prosecution and the Uganda police Force who rearrested and charged them with similar offenses for which they had been granted bail by Buganda Road Court.