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Kadaga Warns Judiciary against Abuse of Authority

In her communication to parliament, Kadaga put Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana to task to think about the abuse of judicial authority in the country. She cited the same order as an example saying that Justice Kavuma issued an injunction basing on a petition that had no basis and urgency.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has charged at the Judiciary accusing it of extremism and abuse of authority.

Kadaga was reacting to a statement by Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana on the developments that led to the collapse of an order issued by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, halting debate on the controversial oil cash bonuses to government officials involved in a tax arbitration case between Uganda and Heritage Oil.

It was issued prior to the anticipated motion on the bonanza in which 42 top government officials shared 6 billion Shillings for helping Uganda secure 1.4 trillion Shillings in capital gains tax from Heritage's sale of its stake to Tullow Oil.

The order which Kadaga initially referred to as ‘stupid' prompted the suspension of parliament sittings pending its vacation.  The sittings resumed today.

In her communication to parliament, Kadaga put Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana to task to think about the abuse of judicial authority in the country. She cited the same order as an example saying that Justice Kavuma issued an injunction basing on a petition that had no basis and urgency.

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Kadaga reiterated her determination to protect the independence of legislature saying that no one can take away the constitutional right of parliament.

"To stop Parliament, IGG, Auditor General and anybody else from inquiring...that is the effect of that order. So please inform them that this kind of extremism is not good for this country." said Kadaga.

Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Deputy Attorney General told the House that before his office moved to file an application against Justice Kavuma's order on January 13, they were served with an order that the petitioner, Eric Sabiiti, had withdrawn his petition.

However, Kadaga insisted that the Attorney General's interpretation of the effect of lawyer Sabiiti's withdrawal was not in consonance with her understanding of the law.

"There was a specific order which we asked you to vacate, not the petition. There was a specific order and we want emphasis on that and we want answers on that." Kadaga insisted.

Rukutana responded saying that the interim order was granted pending the determination of the main application and the lawyer's move to withdraw his petition meant that he lost interest in pursuing the petition and all the other resultant petitions.

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