Turinawe, the Secretary for Mobilization in the Forum for Democratic Change has raised concern through her Facebook page wondering why the Attorney General Kiwanuka is appealing against the ruling given over three years.
The Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka
The Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka says the government
has the right to defend itself against a court decision that granted Ingrid
Turinawe 170 million shillings in the infamous groping case she suffered during
Turinawe, the Secretary
for Mobilization in the Forum for Democratic Change has raised concern through
her Facebook page wondering why the Attorney General Kiwanuka is appealing
against the ruling given over three years.
“Mr. Kiryoowa Kiwanuka, the Chairman Muhoozi Birth Day who
doubles as the country's Attorney Gen has appealed against our court judgement
of 2019. Three years after court ruled against the inhuman, degrading treatment
and torture that I was subjected to in 2011, he feels I was not tortured very
well to deserve compensation," reads the post on her page.
Turinawe adds that Kiryowa’s action of appealing affirms that
his predecessors were not wise like him.
“Now that he is the one in office such old silly file has been
taken back to the court of appeal so that he proves that he is a man and plus,”
added Turinawe before threatening to gather her relatives to come for a protest
at Attorney General’s chambers.
In 2011 male police officers were captured on camera squeezing
Turinawe's breasts as she was going for a political rally in Nansana in Wakiso District.
But she petitioned the High Court seeking to be compensated for the
degrading and inhumane treatment she was subjected to in front of her children
and the public after the news of the actions of police were publicized.
She listed the late Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was the then Kampala
Metropolitan Police Commander and the
Attorney General demanding 560 million shillings as compensation for the
humiliation she suffered and subsequent illegal detention.
The then High Court Judge
Margaret Oumo Oguli compensated her with
170 million shillings in total, the award that she says the government is
appealing after three years.
But Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, the Attorney General
Kiryowa says that the appeal was filed
even before he was appointed the Attorney General.
” The appeal was filed in March 2019 long before I joined
the chambers. I will read the file all
the same and find out what the issue is," Kiryowa told URN on phone. He added that “But why is it that she thinks the decision
should not be appealed?"
Although Our Reporter could not independently verify when
the Attorney General appealed, the records seen show that the government filed its
notice of appeal on March 21st, 2019.
"Take notice that the Attorney General being dissatisfied
with the decision of the Hon Justice Oumo Oguli delivered at Kampala on the March
7th 2019 intends to appeal to the Court of Appeal in Uganda against the whole
of the decision, reads the notice in part.
According to the Court of Appeal Rules, the notice of appeal
is supposed to be filed within 14 days and the grounds of appeal against lower
Court decisions shall be a filed within sixty days, including the grounds of
appeal and security for the costs of the appeal after the notice of appeal has
The same rules also provide for enlargement of time within
which to file appeals if one pleads exceptional circumstances that caused the
delay in filing of such an appeal.
But efforts to confirm when the Attorney General filed his
Memorandum of Appeal were futile since the Judiciary Spokesperson Jamson
Karemani needed time to cross check.