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    How Kabaka’s Top Minister Saved Justice Tuhaise As Drama Ensued At Supreme Court During Mabirizi Attack…..

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    Lawyer Male Mabirizi

    Five senior Supreme Court Justices have ganged up against Lawyer Mabirizi For  supporting Justice Dr Kisakye over Chief Justice Dollo.

    The act has led to many people finally concluding that the Supreme Court has turned into a comedy house after witnessing today’s dramatic series between five Justices of the supreme Court against Controversial City lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi.

    It all started Tuesday afternoon of when appeared before a panel of five Justices lead by Justices Rubby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Faith Mwondah, Justice Paul Mugamba, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise and Justice Mike Chibita in his Appeal against Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi land case victory.

    The case was scheduled for the morning but because of the many cases and the way panels has been changed, the appeal was called in the afternoon and immediately after Buganda Kingdom’s Attorney General, Christopher Bwanika introduced the respondent’s legal team led by himself, counsel Sarah Kisubi, counsel William Kakembo, counsel Sharot Nalumansi, Kabaka’s Attorney Juma Bashir Kizito, Danial Ssenyomo from Buganda land board and the appellant Mabirizi.

    Justice Mugamba before allowing Mabirizi to give any opening remarks swung in action, directing him to leave the bar.

    “Mabirizi leave the bar! Have you dressed like your friends of the other party? you’re not an advocate, don’t sit where lawyers sit,” tough speaking Mugamba said.

    Before he could finish another statement, counter terrorism commandos commanded by a one Bwambale also swiftly swung in action – and a one Kaggwa grabbed Mabirizi’s hands, as others surrounded him.

    “But I have been sitting here, why today?” Mabirizi pleaded as Justice Opio directed commandos to evict him with his books to the back.

    “And this is the last warning! Next time when you sit on the bar, you will be charged with contempt of Court and you will be detained” Opio warned as Mabirizi, shocked, look on.

    Before the ugly incident, a senior Court clerk had warned Mabirizi that Justices were preparing for him for being stubborn and always attacking them in public. If he not being careful, he was going to end up in Kitalya prison.

    JUSTICE OPIO PUNCHES MABIRIZI IN THE FACE

    Mabirizi immediately applied for an adjournment to reconstitute himself because of the way he was manhandled and inhuman mistreatment when he was evicted from the bar.

    “I am not feeling myself and I cannot proceed to argue this matter, am praying for adjournment to reconstitute myself,” Mabirizi submitted.

    Justice Opio laughed out so loud, tasking Mabirizi to prove that he was mistreated.

    “Mr Mabirizi, how have you been mistreated? If telling you to leave the bar is mistreating you, are you an advocate? Or, when you reconstitute yourself you’re going to become an advocate?” Justice Opio said.

    Mabirizi responded to Justice Opio that fairness is very crucial in giving justice and should be given time to reconstitute himself.

    His submissions were strongly opposed by Kabaka’s legal team claiming that he just wanted to waste Court’s time and ask Court to dismiss his application.

    Bwanika told the Court that the Appeal was made in 2018 and they have been waiting for the day it will be which has come and the Appellant doesn’t want to prosecute his Appeal which is creating a case backlog and Mabirizi’s application was dismissed.

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME SNATCHING PEOPLE’S WIVES? – OPIO TASKS MABIRIZI TO PROVE

    After losing the reconstitute application, Mabirizi applied for recusal of the entire panel from his Appeal.

    Mabirizi told justices that he doesn’t expect any justice and fairness from them since he lodged a complaint against them in the Judicial Service Commission seeking for them to be dismissed from their judicial offices for being a disgrace to the Judiciary.

    Mabirizi said that his complaint resulted in the actions of the entire panel when the discriminated Justice Kisakye in Bobi Wine’s presidential petition.

    He told the Justices that they are going to use his case to punish him since he wanted them to be fired from their juice jobs.

    Justice Opio strongly object Mabirizi’s application saying that he took oath to give justice to Uganda and for the last 38 years he never put judiciary’s image into bad reputation.

    “Tell me, you said that I put judiciary’s name in bad light, have you ever seen me or heard me snatching people’s wives? I have been promoted from the lowest rank of the judicial officers to the top judge on the land, am not going to recuse myself from this case,” Justice Opio said.

    Justice Opio further insisted that he has never discriminated Justice Kisakye as Mabirizi alleges. He tasked him to prove it through an affidavit sworn by Justice Kisakye.

    He insists that he is a respected judicial officer who cannot be intimidated by Mabirizi’s allegations.

    Justice Mugamba, Justice Mwondah amd Justice Chibita declined to recuse themselves on grounds of being biased against Mabirizi.

    KABAKA’S MINISTER SAVED JUSTICE TUHAISE

    Mabirizi insisted that Justice Tuhaise should recuse herself from the Appeal because she wrote the lead judgment dismissing the same case when she was still at the Court of Appeal.

    Justice Tuhaise in response said that she made a number of judgements in the Court of Appeal and she needs time to read the said Judgement before making her final decision on recusal.

    However, Justice Opio kept on softly talking to her not to recuse herself.

    “No, there is no evidence against you, don’t recuse yourself, we took oath we are going to determine this case,” Justice Opio insisted.

    But Justice Tuhaise kept on praying to Justice Opio to give him time to study her decision at the Court of Appeal and he kept a deaf ear untill Kabaka’s Attorney General Bwanika stood up and raised a serious concern.

    “Let me guide this Court as a senior officer of Court, my lordship let give Justice Tuhaise time to read the said Judgement before making her final decision,” Bwanika told Court.

    Justice Opio agreed with Bwanika’s advice and adjourned the matter to next week.

    Mabirizi lost against Kabaka both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal on technicalities. He still challenges Kabaka Mutebi’s status on Buganda’s land claiming that he is not the owner of the said land but just a custodian and he doesn’t have the right to evict Baganda from Buganda official Mailo.

    This is not the first time such drama is being experienced at Uganda’s highest Court of the land. The Supreme Court has turned into a theater of drama as Justices, litigants and lawyers become acts and spectators.

    The first serie started last year when former presidential aspirant Ivan Ssebadduka was sentenced for three years imprisonment on a manufactured charges of contempt of Court signed by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo for declaring Justices of the Supreme Court a Council of fools who are ignorant about the laws but only implementing president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s wishes.

    The second and very important time was early this year when Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye accused the Chief Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing a dissenting ruling against president Museveni in the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Justice Kisakye confessed to the media that her file was forcefully confiscated because she refused Chief Justice Dollo the vet it before being read to the parties.

    She insisted that Justice Dollo directed fellow 8 justices of the Supreme Court who were on the panel not to be with her when reading her rulings, he ordered that microphones be switched off and not be allowed to enter the tents where the proceedings took place.

    Justice Dollo through Judiciary’s senior communications officer Salongo Solomon Muyita denied the allegations.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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