According to Justice Ssekaana, he will jointly hear the suits filed by City Lawyer, Male Mabirizi and 14 leaders from the “People’s Government’ on December 12 since they appear to have similar facts. He explains that it was necessary to consolidate the suits to avoid duplicity and multiplicity.
Justice Musa Ssekaana has merged two suits
seeking to force the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama
out of office for alleged failure to resign from the Court of Appeal.
to Justice Ssekaana, he will jointly hear the suits filed by City Lawyer, Male
Mabirizi and 14 leaders from the “People’s Government’ on December
12 since they appear to have similar facts. He explains that it was necessary
to consolidate the suits to avoid duplicity and multiplicity.
explained this when Mabirizi’s suit came up before him in the High Court Civil Division
on Tuesday. Mabirizi ran to court on August 12th, 2019
seeking a permanent injunction restraining Justice Byabakama from holding the
office of Electoral Commission Chairperson before stepping down as Justice of
the Appellant Court.
He also asked court to declare the position of
Electoral Chairperson vacant and order him to pay him costs of the suit. In his
petition, Mabirizi contends that the Judiciary Website shows that Justice
Byabakama is on a Special Assignment, which is an indication that he holds two
He argues that this compromises the
independence of the Judiciary in dealing with electoral matters. Mabirizi
protested the decision to consolidate the suits, saying his involves the
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November 29th, 2019 suit, the Leaders of the 'People’s Government'
led by Erias Lukwago partly sought to similar orders like those in Mabirizis
petition. They also challenge the continued stay of Sam
Rwakoojo in the office of Electoral Commission after the expiry of his five
Rwakoojo’s contract expired on September 23rd 2019 having been
renewed on September 23rd 2014. The petitioners argue that this is Rwakoojo’s second and final
term, which has since expired, adding that his holding the office illegally.
petitioners also challenge the December 11th,
2019 deadline announced by Electoral Commission for the registration of all
legible voters, arguing that it is meant to lock out citizens who will be 18
years and above by the time of the 2021 general elections.
The Attorney General and Electoral Commission
that were represented by the Principal State Attorney Richard Adrole and Eric
Sabiiti respectively didn’t object to the decision to consolidate the suits.