Justice Kenneth Kakuru apologized in open court this morning on behalf of five member panel of the Constitutional Court justices for the delayed delivery of their decision on two separate occasions. The other justices are Hellen Obura, Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Steven Musota and Cheborion Barishaki.
The judges note that since Besigye argues that there is no validly elected government, it implies that there are no legally constituted courts of law and therefore they can’t grant him the remedies he is seeking.
Court of Appeal judge, Kenneth Kakuru said the report raises serious concerns which must be condemned by all Ugandans. The current human rights, he said appears to be opposition politicians. Justice Kakuru said government should stop criminalising political activism.
Male Mabirizi one of the challengers of the Constitutional Amendment Act 2018 has filed his skeleton arguments and list of authorities to rely on in the case challenging the verdict by the Constitutional court.
The panel of the constitutional court is comprised of the Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonso Owiny-Dollo and Justices Egonda Ntende, Hellen Obura and Ezekiel Muhanguzi. He adjourned court to September 19th when the hearing will start hearing the matter that has been pending for the last eight years.
In his judgment, Justice Kakuru pointed out that out of a population of close to 40 million Ugandans, only 22 individuals, eight Government ministries, 15 commissions or agencies including the Rt. Hon Prime Minister in his official capacity, four political parties, the leader of the opposition Parliament and one District Local Government were able to give their views on the bill before the legal and parliamentary affairs committee of Parliament.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo while opening the Court of Appeal criminal session at Fort Portal High Court today. The one-month session in Fort Portal will handle 55 cases and will be presided over by a panel of three judges; Justices Kenneth Kakuru, Fredrick Egonda Ntende and Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke.
The 63 cases under consideration in Gulu emanated from High Court sittings in Acholi and Lango sub regions. They include 33 murder appeal cases, five rape cases, 19 defilement cases, four aggravated robbery cases and one case of criminal trespass and manslaughter respectively.