Ainebyona noted that the two lawyers were deliberating like they head the defense team yet they were never introduced to the court and what their roles on the team are.
Matthew Kirabo's lead lawyer, counsel Charles Dalton Opwonya objecting in court
Justice Henry Kaweesa Isabirye has ordered the parties in the trial of Matthew
Kirabo for the murder of his
former girlfriend and former Makerere
University Medical student, Desire Mirembe to file written submissions. He issued the directive when the matter came up on Monday
where the defense was expected to make oral submissions for no case to answer.
However, the case took another twist
when the State Attorney, Happiness Ainebyona asked for court guidance since Caleb
Olaka and Evans Ochieng had joined the case as
defense attorneys. She cited the Advocates Professional Conduct Regulations
SI267-2, which prohibits advocates from acting for any person without receiving instruction
or authorized agents.
Ainebyona noted that the two lawyers were deliberating like
they head the defense team yet they were never introduced to the
court and what their roles on
the team are.
In his response, counsel Charles Dalton Opwona who has been leading the
defense team noted that he and his colleague Ali Hassan Kato had decided that they need help given the heavy work on the case hence
adding Caleb Olaka and Evans Ochieng to the team as their assistants.
to both sides, the judge ruled that Olaka and Ochieng stick to
their role of assisting Kirabo’s defense team. Opwonya
then asked the court
to allow them to file written
submissions. In his ruling, Justice
Kaweesa ruled that the Kirabo’s lawyers led by Opwonya and Kato should write their submissions of a no case to answer and serve Ainebyona between 3 and 4 pm
and court by 5 pm.
then ruled that Ainebyona should as well make her response to the submission by
Tuesday 18, 2022, and a
rejoinder if needed. Justice Kaweesa, then adjourned the case to
January 28 where he expects both parties to appear in court to receive the
ruling on the matter. Kirabo
is accused of murdering his girlfriend Desire Mirembe,19, on July 10, 2015, and
body in Lugazi sugarcane plantations in Buikwe district.
The body was
recovered on July 11, 2015. Kirabo then
confessed to the murder and was charged in Jinja High Court, which remanded him to Nalufenya prison in Jinja. The case was then moved to Mukono High Court on
the instructions of the then principal judge Yorokamu Bamwine after the state
complained that the crime had been committed under the jurisdiction of Mukono High court. On October 6, the High Court in Mukono
finally started hearing the case after 6 years.