Mabirizi’s lawyer Noel Nuwe asked the Court to give his client an opportunity to appear and explain if he made those posts in violation of the earlier court order. Nuwe argued that Mabirizi was not aware of the court ruling that barred him from attacking judicial officers and only came to know about it on Tuesday morning and needed more time to defend himself.
The High Court has ordered the arrest of controversial Lawyer Male Mabirizi on sight to serve 18 months in jail for contempt
of court. Civil Division High Court, Judge Musa
Ssekaana issued the orders after finding Mabirizi guilty
of contempt of court for
the second time.
The ruling stemmed from an application
by State Attorney,
Patricia Mutesi who argued that despite the high court orders issued on
January 27th 2022 cautioning Mabirizi
to desist from attacking judicial officers, he is adamant and continues making contemptuous
posts on his social media platforms against the presiding judge (Ssekaana) and
According to Mutesi, Mabirizi accused Ssekaana of being biased, incompetent and unable to head the smallest court of a family and one
who doesn't qualify for any
award from Uganda Law Society and even for a Grade Two Magistrate. Court also heard that the rest of
the posts were crafted in vulgarised language.
She also noted that Mabirizi
described the fine
of Shillings 300
million imposed on him by Justice
Ssekaana last month for contempt of Court as null and void, saying this wasn’t only an attack on the court
but the entire Judiciary. Mutesi asked the court to find Mabirizi guilty of contempt of
court and commit him to civil prison.
However, Mabirizi’s lawyer Noel Nuwe asked the Court to give his client an opportunity to
appear and explain if he made those posts in violation of the earlier court order. Nuwe
argued that Mabirizi was not aware of the court ruling that barred him from
attacking judicial officers and only came to know about it on Tuesday morning and needed more time
to defend himself.
However, in his summarized ruling, Justice Ssekaana noted that Mabirizi never presented himself nor filed any affidavits denying the
accusations even when he was summoned. He explained that given the circumstances,
the court was left with no option but to order for his arrest on sight to serve 18 months in civil prison.
Justice Ssekaana noted that he
was forced to make the brief ruling to avoid further attacks, adding that he will deliver a detailed ruling
supporting his decision in due
course. Ssekaana and Mabirizi's woes started way back in 2019
during the hearing of an application challenging the decision by Justice
Simon Byabakama to continue working as the Electoral Commission
Chairperson without relinquishing his
powers as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
In the proceedings, Ssekaana told Mabirizi to submit his rubbish when he accused him of bias. Mabirizi vowed never to appear before Justice Ssekaana voluntarily. In 2020, Ivan Samuel Ssebadduka earned himself three years in jail for
contempt of court when he called Supreme Court Justices fools.