Category Archives: Court

Embattled Owiny-Dollo vs Justice Kisakye fight is being handled, PS Bigirimana to MPs

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The Permanent Secretary of the Judiciary Pius Birgirimana  has assured members of Parliament that the Judiciary is investigating the incidence involving the Chief Justice, Alfose Owiny-Dollo and Justice Esther Kisakye.

Bigirimana was today appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs  where the Judiciary’s ministerial policy statement was being presented. Members had sought clarification over the recent sporadic brawls between the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and Supreme Court justice Esther Kisakye in relation to the 2021 Presidential election petition.

35 Jailed NUP Supporters Apply for Bail the Fourth Time

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The 35 supporters of National Unity Platform -NUP who are currently facing trial in the General Court Martial have applied for bail for the fourth time since they were arrested about four months ago.

Nyanzi Cannot Serve MP Muhammad Nsereko Through Newspapers – Court

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The High Court in Kampala has rejected a request by former parliamentary candidate Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu to use newspapers or the court notice board to serve the Kampala Central MP-Elect Muhammad Nsereko documents seeking to overturn his victory.

Nyanzi, a candidate of the opposition  National Unity Platform lost the bid to Parliament to Nsereko in polls held on January 14. According to results released by the Electoral Commission, Nsereko, an independent candidate, polled 16,998 Votes, against Nyanzi’s 15,975 votes. 

Story: Museveni defamation suit against Monitor opens debate on President’s Immunity

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President Museveni’s suit against the Monitor Publications for alleged defamation has drawn debate among some of the practicing lawyers.

At the centre of the debate is whether the sitting President who by the constitution is protected from being sued can on the other hand sue someone. 

The President on March 16th through his lawyers of K and K Advocates dragged the Monitor Publications to court for alleged defamation. The Monitor, in an article quoting The Wall Street Journal-an American Publication, published an article titled “Museveni ‘inner circle’ secretly given Covid jabs — US paper” 

Bobi Wine praises jailed Nubian Li, asks him to hang in there

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By Kaweesa Hope Mulangira

Bobi Wine praises jailed Nubian Li, asks him to hang in. Whisper Eye News.

The National Unity Platform (NUP)/president general Hon Robert Kyagulangi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine has appealed to his counterpart Nubian Li for his exemplary leadership.

The Kyadondo East MP has been singing with Nubian Li for year’s before the later turned politician, which also saw him stand against president Museveni in the just concluded disputed presidential elections.

Court okays Bukimbiri County MP loser to serve Mp Kwizera through media

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Kabale High Court has allowed the former contestant for the Bukimbiri County MP seat James Owebeyi to serve court summons to MP Eddie Kwizera through the media after failing to trace him for one month.

The summons arise from an election petition filed by Owebeyi, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer.  Kwizera, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer was declared the winner with 11,821 votes while Owebeyi got 107 votes.

However, Owebeyi rejected the results arguing that the election was marred with irregularities.

Kawempe North MP-Elect Mohammad Ssegirinya Remanded Further

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Kawempe North MP Elect Muhammad Ssegirinya has been remanded further to Kitalya Prison after his legal team indicated that it was not ready to start his trial today. Ssegirinya faces charges of inciting violence.

Segirinya was arrested on Monday, March 22, 2021, from Mini Price, downtown Kampala during a protest organised to contest the outcome of the January 14, presidential election, and to demand the release of National Unity Platform supporters who are detained in various facilities across the country.

Violence: Police chief Ochola should be held accountable for assaulting journalists, says HRNJ

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The Human Rights Network of Journalists wants the Inspector General of Police Ochola to be held accountable for his statements on beating journalists.

In January, Ochola said that security agencies will continue beating journalists purposely to deter them from going where there is danger.

Ochola who was speaking at the Joint election security and preparedness briefing said he was unapologetic that journalists had been beaten during their line of duty.

According to Ochola, journalists often refuse to follow guidance by security forces, a reason they end up being beaten purposely for their safety.

An update on Bobi Wine supporters held at Kitalya prison

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Exclusive: An update on Bobi Wine supporters held at Kitalya prison.

Last year in December 2020 dozens of Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert commonly known as Bobi Wine supporters were arrested in Kalangala district.

After close to 4 months many are still held in various prisons after being charged with various crimes in the general court-martial.

Among those held include Nubian Li the vice president of Fire Base Crew a musical crew headed by Bobi Wine, Dan Magic a music producer, Eddie Mutwe among others.

Bobi Wine loses court case to block URA from re-assessing armored vehicle

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Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has lost his bid to block Uganda Revenue Authority from recalling his vehicle for a reassessment. 

His application was dismissed on Tuesday by the Deputy Head of High Court Civil Division Judge Emmanuel Baguma.  Baguma argues that Kyagulanyi failed to adduce evidence to show that the recalling of the vehicle for re-verification will cause him an irreparable injury which cannot be compensated by an award of damages.

UPDF blocks lawyers from representing Museveni effigy beater ” Ferdinand Ruta “

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By Kaweesa Hope Mulangira

UPDF blocks lawyers from representing Museveni effigy beater ” Ferdinand Ruta ” . Whisper Eye News

Mr. Ferdinand Ruta was on 15th February 2021 arrested by Uganda Police in Kampala over allegations of caning/flogging an effigy of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Since 1823 Merriam Webster dictionary defines effigy to mean an image or representation especially of a person, or a crude figure representing a hated person.

Supreme Court Stays Execution of Orders in Kasango’s Petition

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The Supreme Court has issued an interim order staying the execution of the Constitutional Court decision arising from the late Bob Kasango’s petition. 

The Justices led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru on March 18 2021 unanimously ordered that a serving Judge should resign before taking up any other appointment in executive or Constitutional offices. They declared that effective March 18 any Judicial Officer serving in such offices who continues with duties before the resignation, their decisions shall be invalid.

They reasoned that such actions contravene several articles enshrined under the constitution regarding their mandates as Judicial Officers and the oath they take which talks about being independent. 

Police Distances Gen Lokech from Odonga Otto’s Arrest

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Police have rubbished claims that the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech influenced the arrest of Aruu County Member of Parliament, Samuel Odonga Otto. The embattled legislator was picked up from Gulu City on Tuesday last week on allegations of causing malicious damage to property and occasioning bodily harm on a driver, illegal possession of a gun and assaulting a journalist.

However, several political leaders in the region, says the arrest was politically influenced by Gen Lokech, a native of Pader District. Last week, Otto repeatedly chanted the names of Gen Lokech for allegedly masterminding his arrest while at Pader Central Police Station.