According to the statics, the Supreme Court disposed of 112 cases including 51 cases that were brought forward from the previous years and 153 cases registered the same year. Supreme Court Judge, Stella Arach Amoko presented the report.
The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, said they are still short of the required manpower in the judiciary. He argued that given their current strength, each judicial officer is expected to dispose of about six cases each day, which is humanly impossible.
Last week, a panel of three Court of Appeal Judges overturned orders by High Court Judge Patricia Basaza that the Kabaka should provide Buganda Land Board bank statements from the year 1993, to facilitate the main case in which Mabirizi challenged the collection of land fees, known locally as busuulu.
Mabirizi states that the judges failed to indicate the dates when their judgments were written, which he says is unlawful. He says the judges are required to show when the judgment was delivered given that some court orders operate within a specific time frame.
In his judgment, Justice Kakuru pointed out that out of a population of close to 40 million Ugandans, only 22 individuals, eight Government ministries, 15 commissions or agencies including the Rt. Hon Prime Minister in his official capacity, four political parties, the leader of the opposition Parliament and one District Local Government were able to give their views on the bill before the legal and parliamentary affairs committee of Parliament.
Supreme Court Registrar Godfrey Anguandia Opifen in his letter dated July, 17th, 2018 to the DPP and Jamwas lawyers notes that the cases which were supposed to be heard today will be fixed at a convenient date because the justices handling the matter are not around.
The team headed by Eduard Kukan, a Member of the European Parliament MEP from Slovakia is in the country from today to Thursday March 8. Kukan was the Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission EOM to the 2016 general elections in Uganda.
The question on whether judges can rule against President Museveni in the event that the Electoral Commission declared another candidate winner of the 2016 presidential elections being discussed among lawyers.
Through Professor George Kanyeihamba, a retired Supreme Court judge, Karuhanga asked Justices Sam Kavuma and Augustine Nshimye to excuse themselves from the bench saying they were biased and could not deliver a fair hearing.