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    Attorney General Challenges Deceased Lawyer Kasango’s Landmark Judgement To Supreme Court To Save Justice Byabakama, Abodo’s Juicy Jobs…

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    The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga who is also the Government’s chief legal adviser has challenged the landmark judgement made by the five Justices of the Constitutional Court in late Bob Kasango’s Constitutional petition against Justices and Judges who takeover Executive offices without resigning from the Judiciary in the Supreme Court.

    Five justices of the Constitutional Court were convinced by Kasango’s (deceased) argument that the appointment of Justice Mike Chibitta, the former Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) who sanctioned criminal charges against him without resigning from the Judiciary was unlawful and void.

    He submitted that the Judge’s appointment undermines the independence of the Judiciary and the principle of separation of power that the Constitution requires. In their unanimous Judgement, the Justices stated that; “The appointment and actions of a Judge to any other Constitutional office prior to his or her actions are invalid,” as ruled by Justice Kakuru.

    However, in his application, the Attorney General asked the Court to stay the implementation of the Constitutional Court Judgement which directs Judges in Constitutional offices to resign their judicial offices or return back to the judiciary. The Attorney General said that the Court orders have far-reaching implications as they are meant to cripple prosecution of the suspected criminals.

    The Attorney General based on the affidavit of Vincent Wagona, a senior prosecutor in DPP’s office who states that the orders render the office of the DPP unable to perform its functions enshrined under Article 120 of the Constitution and hence creating a legal lacuna in the delivery of criminal justice.

    He pleaded to the Court that there is a need to preserve the status quo, otherwise all pending cases for decision are likely to be stayed owing to the absence of a substantive DPP.

    The application comes after Justice Jane Frances Abodo the DPP stepped aside until the Appeal is determined by the Supreme Court. Now the DPP’s office is being run by Alice Komuhangi Khaukha in acting capacity.

    The other affected Justice is Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission who didn’t resign from the Judiciary.

    President Yoweri Museveni appointed Justice Byabakama when he was serving as the Constitutional/Court of Appeal Justice.

    Meanwhile, Kasango, who passed on weeks back is yet to be laid to rest.

    For almost a month Kasango has not been buried since he died of heart failure in February as he was being driven from Luzira Prison where he was serving a 15-year jail term to Mulago Referral Hospital for better treatment.

    Kasango was pronounced dead by prison authorities, and plans to burry him were made, not until towards his burial when the police had to intervene in a fight between Kasango’s relatives, arising from a conflict over where he should be buried, involving the side of the deceased’s parents and his wife’s family.

    After a prolonged legal battle, the Family Division of the High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Mugambe today afternoon ruled, and directed that the remains of lawyer Bob Kasango be buried in Fort Portal.

    The judge noted that the burial should be done within four days from today, amidst tight security. She directed that Police and other local authorities should ensure the burial ceremony is conducted peacefully, and also gave special orders that the deceased’s mother be allowed to attend the burial.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Ugandan Man Charged With Sexually Abusing And Impregnating A Beninese Woman Promising Her Marriage…

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    Police has charged to Nabweru Court a one Nuwandinda Owen with charges of Aggravated Trafficking in Persons Contrary to Section 4 of the Prevention of Trafficking in persons Act and Fraudulent pretense of Marriage Contrary to Section 152 of the Penal Code Act.

    The victim who has been identified through her passport particulars as Awoure Ranti Soana, a Beninese by nationality who was lured by a local church in Benin for marriage and connected to a potential husband in Uganda identified as Nuwandinda Owen.

    The victim was invited to Uganda and given a visit Visa for one month by the Immigrations office Ministry of Internal Affairs. She came to Uganda via Entebbe International airport on 20 Dec. 2020.

    The victim was picked at the Airport by the suspect, taken at his rented house in Mulago from where she was sexually abused.

    The victim could not communicate to anybody for rescue, because she was kept incommunicado until last week when she communicated to the suspect that she had conceived as a result of multiple acts of rape orchestrated by the suspect.

    The news of the pregnancy was received with violence by the suspect to the extent of physically assaulting her and pushing her outside the house.

    The victim was picked by the well-wishers who assisted her to report the matter at Kawempe Police station and the case was registered as CRB569/2021.

    According to Charles Twiine, the PRO CID, Uganda Police Force has put systematic structures that help in identifying victims of crimes of trafficking in persons that is very robust, and ready to counter the perpetrators of such savagery acts that dehumanizes mankind.

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    ICC Hands Ongwen 25 Years Sentence…

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    Convicted warlord Dominic Ongwen

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) on has sentenced former Uganda’ warlord Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    The former child soldier who became a commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was convicted in February of 61 crimes including rape, sexual enslavement, child abductions, torture and murder.

    “Dominic Ongwen fully intended all of these crimes. He played a key role in their commission, he participated in the planning and personally took part in it. It was he who decided to launch the attacks, he selected the fighters and issued the specific instructions ahead of each attack,” the ruling said.

    Ongwen was abducted as a 9-year-old schoolboy by the LRA.

    His case is the first at the ICC to involve a perpetrator and victim of the same war crimes.

    Court considered ‘tremendous suffering’

    “I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me, I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Ongwen said.

    Prosecutors had sought a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC considering his trauma.

    He was “a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims, however, also a perpetrator who himself has previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader,” Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said.

    The LRA was particularly notorious for its use of child soldiers.

    The group, led by Joseph Kony, subjected northern Uganda to a reign of terror for more than two decades before withdrawing to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

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    LDU Shoots Student Dead!…

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    A University male student has been reported dead after being shot by a Local Defense Unit (LDU) officer.

    Preliminary findings have indicated that the deceased was a first year student of Metropolitan International University.

    The student, who was in his very first semester doing a Bachelors in Education was shot at the University premises at the Faculty of Education and Humanities office.

    The officer who shot down the student revealed that the victim was attempting to steal a University computer. He has since been arrested.

    Details to follow…

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