The permission follows a successful application by the Uganda Law Society-ULS which was supported by an affidavit by its current president Pheona Nabasa Wall, who told the court that the ULS Act requires them to conduct an AGM annually as soon as convenient, after December 31.
Evidence before court shows that the army admits all the illegalities and allegations levied against it by Kalali and to prove this, they say the errant officers have since been apprehended and couldn't let such impunity go unpunished because they strongly condemn the beating of journalists.
In their petition, the lawyers who came to sue led by the East African Law Society President Bernard Oundo, also argue that despite the internet restoration, access to social media platform like Facebook remains restricted to date.
In his application, Kalali contends that on February 17th, 2021, journalists went to cover former National Unity Platform-Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu when he went to deliver his petition to the United Nations High Commission in Kololo on gross human rights violations.
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.
Kalali alleges that the EC officials forged his signature in a court document showing that he had accepted that the prisoners and Ugandans in the diaspora would participate in voting in 2026 elections but not in 2021 as earlier ordered by High Court.
Kalali, bitter that his signature was forged to mislead court that he had reached agreement with the EC, now wants court to set aside the contentious order such that prisoners can go ahead and vote in 2021 general elections
Rwanda had last month filed two applications where one is seeking to halt these proceedings until a full bench of the East African Court Judges is constituted due to the alleged complexity of the matter.
According to the summons, the Registrar of East African Court of Justice Yufnalis Okubo is summoning both parties to appear for the hearing which will take place on September 14, 2020, via video conferencing.
The High Court in Kampala issued the order last month on the basis of a petition filed by lawyer Stephen Kalali who argued that the omission and exclusion of prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora from voting tantamount to segregation or discrimination.
The order was issued this morning by Justice Lydia Mugambe, on the basis of a petition filed two years ago by lawyer Stephen Kalali. In his application, Kalali sought declarations and orders that Prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora, possess the fundamental and inalienable right to be registered as voters.