According to a statement released on November 8, the cause list has 20 appeals against the conviction on charges of aggravated defilement while 15 appellants want the Court to quash murder convictions.
Kenneth Kakuru will lead the panel that will hear the appeals
defilement and murder cases dominate the list of Criminal Appeals to be
handled during a Criminal Appeals session in Fort Portal, which kicks off tomorrow
The cases are from the Rwenzori Sub Region districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu, Kyenjojo and Fort Portal. According to
the cause list issued by the Court of Appeal Deputy Registrar, Ayebare
Tumwebaze, the session will be presided over by Justices Kenneth Kakuru,
Christopher Madrama and Irene Mulyagonja who will hear 40 Appeals before
returning to headquarters to write the Judgements.
a statement released on November 8, the cause list consists of 20 appeals
against the conviction on charges of aggravated defilement while 15 appellants
want the Court to quash murder convictions. Other appeals to be handled include
four on aggravated robbery and one on rape where the convicts want the Court to
set aside their sentences.
appeal is a matter filed in 2008 where three appellants want court to overturn
a life sentence for the offence of murder.
the session will be held in conformity with existing Standard Operating
Procedures –SOPs outlined by the Judiciary and the Ministry of Health to
prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ayebare says that
although the justices and counsels will be physically present at the High Court
in Fort Portal Tourism City, the appellants will remain in prison but will
participate via the Zoom video conferencing technology.
notes that the justices are more than ready to dispose of the 40 Appeals and deliver
their Judgements within 30 days after the hearing. Tumwebaze intimates that arrangements
have already been made for the attorneys to prepare their clients on how to
participate in the ‘scientific’ court session.
This will be
the third external session to be conducted ‘scientifically’ by the Court of
Appeal since the resumption of business after the Covid-19 lockdown.
The first one was conducted in Mbarara and the second in Mbale.
It is hoped
that before the year closes, another external session for northern region will
be conducted in Lira. If everything goes according to plan, the Court hopes to
close the year with a disposal of at least 1,500 matters, about 700 of which
will be criminal matters.
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region