ULS Simon Peter Kinobe says that they withdrew the case because the government did not provide them up with evidence to support their case.
Uganda and Rwanda Lawyers having a lighter moment in Arusha after the hearing of the case
The Uganda Law Society-ULS has withdrawn its application challenging
Rwanda Government's decision to close its Chanika and Gatuna Borders.
The application was withdrawn on Monday by ULS lawyers led by
Simon Peter Lukuya, before the panel of three Judges
of the East African Court of Justice in Arusha
The Judges are Principal Judge Monica Mugenyi, Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo the
Deputy Principal Judge and Justice Charles Nyachae.
Lukuya tendered a document before the court indicating that ULS has lost
interest in the matter.
ULS filed its application on April, 26th, 2019 before the Ugandan
Registry of the East African Court of Justice. They sought a declaration
that the acts of Rwandan government in arbitrary closing various one-stop
Border Posts that Rwanda shares with Uganda contravened and infringed a number
of Provisions in the East African Community Treaty, the Common Market Protocol
and the Customs Union Protocol.
"There has however been a change of circumstances and our client would
like to withdraw the said reference in line with rule 51 of the EACJ rules of
procedure. We apologise on behalf of our client for any inconveniences caused
and kindly seek for your indulgence", reads the withdraw letter in
ULS President Simon Peter Kinobe says that they withdrew the case because the government did not provide them up with evidence to support their case.
"The suit was unsustainable in the absence of evidence, information
and cooperation from the ministry of foreign affairs who are seeking a
diplomatic solution to the impasse", said Kinobe.
This is the second case challenging the Rwanda government's actions to close its
Chanika and Gatuna Borders with Uganda which has been before the East
African Court of Justice in Arusha today.
The other case was filed by Ugandan Lawyer Steven Kalali in April.
Kalali in his application argued that the actions of Rwanda to close its border
in February this year infringed on rights and freedoms of its people and those
in the neighbouring countries
Through his lawyers Joseph Mutyaba and Richard Wananda, he also
said that the actions of Rwanda have since caused financial loss to the a
number of traders which is a violation of the East African Community Treaty where
Rwanda is a signatory.
The court has directed Kalali to file his submissions by January,
23rd, 2020 and Rwanda to file their response by February 24th, 2020.
The Judgement will then be delivered on notice.