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Rukutana Denies Siring Child with Judge :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Rukutana Denies Siring Child with Judge

Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has described allegations that he fathered a child with Justice Elizabeth Musoke as false, malicious, unfounded and defamatory. In a March 29, 2018 letter to the Deputy Chief Justice, Rukutana, also Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo County, was responding to a letter by Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi, one of the petitioners challenging the amendment of the Constitution to scrap Article 102b that had previously barred all Ugandan citizens aged below 35 and above 75 from contesting for presidency.
Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana’s letter to the Deputy Chief Justice
Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has described allegations that he fathered a child with Justice Elizabeth Musoke as false, malicious, unfounded and defamatory.

In a March 29, 2018 letter to the Deputy Chief Justice, Rukutana, also Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo County, was responding to a letter by Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi, one of the petitioners challenging the amendment of the Constitution to scrap Article 102(b) that had previously barred all Ugandan citizens aged below 35 and above 75 from contesting for presidency.

The petition is set to be heard by the Constitutional Court.

Mabirizi is, however, objected to the sitting in the case by Justice Musoke arguing that she would be involved in her own case since she had sired a child with Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana, who is heading the government legal team. Mabirizi further reasoned that the Judge would be going against the wishes of another minister, Hillary Onek, who the petitioner says sired two children with Justice Musoke. Onek, who represents Lamwo in Parliament, voted in favour of the constitution amendment in December last year, a position, Mabirizi argues, would put him and and Justice Musoke at opposite ends of the case.

But Rukutana said that while he was not bothered by what he called ‘wild' allegations, he was empathetic to Justice Musoke and the disposition of court. He has asked court to establish whether Mabirizi is a fit and sound and proper person to engage in litigation by himself before the hearing of the petition.

Justice Musoke had been consolidated together with four other judges in the matter coming up for hearing at Mbale on April 9, 2018.

Last week, the Judiciary announced that the five age-limit constitutional petitions had been consolidated into one, and would be heard from Mbale beginning on April 4.

Some of these petitioners include; Uganda Law Society (ULS), six opposition MPs led by Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza, city lawyer Male Mabirizi, former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika and Prosper Businge, a concerned citizen from Western Uganda.

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