During the hearing, Hamidu Lugoloobi accused the applicant of lying because the available evidence shows that he was in court and personally signed the consent document that was later endorsed by Justice Nambayo. Lugoloobi said the consent was done in the presence of Kalali and his lawyers, Earnest Isaac Muwanga and Geoffrey Mutyaba.
Electoral Commission Lawyer Hamidu Lugoloobi together with Lawyer Steven Kalali. File photo
has dismissed an application by city lawyer, Steven Kalali accusing Electoral
Commission lawyers of forging his signature. Kalali ran to court accusing Eric
Sabiiti and Hamidu Lugoloobi, both EC lawyers of forging his signature in a
court document showing that he had consented that prison inmates and Ugandans
in the diaspora would participate in the 2026 elections instead of 2021
polls as directed by High Court.
The order by
Justice Lydia Mugambe stemmed from an application filed by Kalali demanding
that each prison facility in the country be declared a voter’s registration and
polling Center ahead of the 2021 general elections. However, EC through its
lawyers led by lugoloobi and Sabiiti filed an application for review, saying
there was no money and time to comply with the orders. According to court
records, the parties later met and agreed that the order be implemented in the
2026 polls given the prevailing circumstances.
agreement, Justice Esta Nambayo endorsed a consent judgment on July 20, 2020.
However, a month later, Kalali returned to High court with a fresh application
and also denied having appended his signature on the consent order. He asked the court to set aside the order, saying
it could have been issued based on misrepresentation or fraud.
hearing, Hamidu Lugoloobi accused the applicant of lying because the available
evidence shows that he was in court and personally signed the consent document that
was later endorsed by Justice Nambayo. Lugoloobi said the consent was
done in the presence of Kalali and his lawyers, Earnest Isaac Muwanga and
court to dismiss the application on grounds that Kalali participated in the
proceedings leading to the endorsement of the order. In her ruling, Justice
Nambayo agreed with the EC and dismissed the application with costs. She explained that the consent order was made
by the lawyers of both parties and signed by the parties including Kalali and
his lawyer, Mutyaba.
that although Kalali’s other lawyer Deogratius Odokel didn’t sign the consent
order; he was represented despite the fact that the court was never notified of
this detail. To support her decision,
Justice Nambayo said Kalali's lawyers from Odokel -Opolot and company advocates
went ahead a few days later to extract the order on costs, filed the bill of
costs and wrote to the EC legal department notifying them how to pay the
She argued that by turning around to file, an application, Kalali abused
court processes. "Courts should condemn such actions because they waste a
lot of courts time and deny genuine litigants the opportunity to be heard
expeditiously. For this reason, the applicant will pay costs of this
application to the respondent", reads the ruling in part. The judgment
means that Ugandans in the diaspora and prisons will have to wait until the
2026 polls to exercise their rights to vote. Kalali couldn’t be reached for
comment on the judgment and his next course of action.