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.
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.
accused the team led the by the Owiny-Dollo of confiscating her minority ruling
that she was due to present.
Upon delivering their detailed
ruling, Owiny-Dollo said the court would break off and reconvene at 1:30 pm
without giving any reason. This was followed by a series of events including
one in which, a judicial official came and ordered the team from PhotoGenix
Company, which was contracted to erect a tent and provide quality sound to the
court, to disconnect their equipment as Justice Kisakye looked on since she had
remained alone on the bench.
She told journalists that the full panel was
supposed to reconvene. She later revealed that she her file had been grabbed from her and confiscated on the orders of the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo for unknown
the Committee Chairperson Jacob Oboth asked Birgirimana on whether they
have mechanisms of handling conflicts within the judiciary instead of seeing
top leadership of the judiciary fight in public, referring to the supreme court
in: “It is a challenge…
expectation is high”//
in response told the committee that they have a disciplinary committee and high
ranking officials are sent to the Judicial service commission. He believes that
these two committees will handle the matter.
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Bugiri municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa informed the committee that when the judicial
service commission appeared before the committee, they were informed that they
were investigating the matter and the public will be informed about the outcome
once they finalize their investigations.
to speak to the Judicial Service Commission was futile by press time.