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    MORE DRAMA AT SUPREME COURT:  CJ Dollo Directs Closure Of Court Promises To Non Court Staff, Justice Kisakye Narrates How Her File Was Confiscated At Gunpoint, 8 Supreme Court Justices, Registrar, Staff Dragged To Judicial Commission….

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    Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamony Owiny-Dollo (R) and Justice Kisakye (L)

    The Drama at the premises of highest court in the country the Supreme Court is not about to end. Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamony Owiny-Dollo and the head of the Judiciary have directed with immediate effect the closure of the Court premises to non staff.

    theGrapevine reporter tried to access the Supreme Court at 10:30am today and officers at the gate told him that non staff were not allowed to enter.

    He was with other journalists who included; NTV’s Sudhir Byaruhanga, Bukedde radio’s Benon Nsubuga and others who were all refused to enter.

    As they were stranded outside the gate, city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi together with his personal assistant Ivan Lutakome Ssengooba arrived and the security officers from counter terrorism department of the Uganda police commanded by ASSP Nabirye told them that they have instructions from the Chief Justice not to allow non staff inside the court premises.

    The nonsense lawyer grilled ASP Nabirye on why she was obeying unlawful orders from Justice Dollo.

    “But this is a public place not Justice Dollo’s private home. Where did he get powers to close the Court? He found this Court here and he is going to leave it the way other Chief Justices like Justice Katureebe, Justice Odoki did,” a tough speaking Mabirizi said.

    He explained to the officers that he was going to receive a ruling from Justice Esther Kisakye Kitimbo Mayambala on his application asking Justice Dollo to recuse himself from Bobi Wine’s petition.

    He also told the guards that he needs some other documents to take to the East African Courts of Justice since they are also housed on the same building.

    The soft-spoken ASP Nabirye advised Mabirizi to leave the premises.

    Mabirizi bitterly advised ASP Nabirye to stop obeying unlawful orders and threatened to sue her.

    As all this drama was going on, Supreme Court Justices, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Faith Mwondah and others were allowed to enter.

    JUSTICE DOLLO ORDERS SECURITY TO THROW JUSTICE KISAKYE OUT OF COURT PREMISES

    Credible sources at the Supreme Court intimated to theGrapevine that during yesterday’s drama, Justice Dollo directed the head of security at the supreme court to throw Justice Kisakye out of tent where she was reading her ruling from. Dollo also instructed security to tell Bobi Wine’s lawyers and journalists to leave.

    Sources divulged that when the officer from counter terrorism refused, Justice Dollo phoned the head of court security SSP Nakintu to execute his orders because her junior refused.

    Sources disclosed that SSP Nakintu asked Justice Dollo that let her first consult, after consulting her juniors at the supreme Court, she later told Dollo that she cannot throw a Supreme Court judge out of Court when she was reading a ruling.

    “She told him that it will exaggerate the situation if officers throw out an old female Justice. She told him that she can even lose her life,” a source quoted SSP Nabirye.

    MY FILE WAS CONFISCATED AT GUN POINT

    After spending over six hours in her chambers waiting for a communication from her staff that Mabirizi and other people were in the Court room to receive their ruling on Justice Dollo’s refusal to step down from Bobi Wine’s petition, Justice Kisakye moved out of her chambers and asked her staff what was going on.

    She was informed that non staff were not allowed in Court premises. The angry Kisakye walked to gate and officers including ASP Nabirye without any resistance and with all respect opened for her.

    Accompanied by her bodyguarded, dressed in her black suit, Justice Kisakye told journalists that whatever Justice Dollo is doing is illegal and she will speak out on the genesis of their fight at an appropriate time.

    She accused the judiciary senior communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita of maligning her and giving false information to the public about what caused yesterday’s drama.

    She explained that today morning at 7am, she moved to the registry where files are kept and looked for her confiscated file but she was told that they didn’t have the said file. She narrated that she then moved to the office of Harriet Nalukwago Ssali, the registrar of the Supreme Court and she told her that she didn’t know the whereabouts of her file.

    She added that she proceeded to the office of the personal assistant to Justice Dollo who was not in her office. She tried to reach Justice Dollo in vain because his office was over guarded by tough looking security personals.

    She accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file at gun point and revealed that guns were coaked by officers on orders of the CJ.

    Kisakye assured the public that she is going to give Mabirizi’s ruling next week via mail or she will communicate to him in person.

    OTHER 7 SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, STAFF DRAGGED TO JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

    On Friday morning, lawyer Mabirizi petitioned justice Benjamin Kabiito’s judicial service commission complaining against seven supreme Court Justices. They include; Justice Stellah Arach Amoko, Justice Opio Aweri, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Mike Chibitta and Justice Paul Mugamba over Judicial misconduct.

    In his letters, Mabirizi said that Supreme Court Justice connived with the already under probe Justice Dollo to break their oath of not being influenced by anybody, being independent and impartial when giving justice and abandoned their fellow justice when she was reading her dissenting ruling.

    He said that the seven justices acted on orders of Justice Dollo who has a personal  misunderstanding with Kisakye.

    Mabirizi wants the Judicial service Commission to investigate the said Supreme Court Justices and if found guilty recommend to the appointing authority the president to fire them including their boss Chief Justice Dollo.

    Mabirizi also complained about Harriet Nalukwago Ssali, the Registrar of the Supreme Court who he accused of misconduct when she directed supreme Court Clerks not to go back to Court when Justice Kisakye was reading her ruling.

    Mabirizi advised the Judicial Service Commission to fire Nalukwago with immediate effect.

    JUSTICE KISAKYE’S RULINGS WILL NOT BE PUT ON COURT RECORD

    Judiciary senior communications officer Solomon Muyita revealed that all the dissenting rulings made by Justice Kisakye will not be put on the Court record.

    He said that during the reading of her ruling, Court staff were not in Court to capture the process so as to be put it on Court record.

    He said that what is going to be done, the Chief Justice will choose an appropriate time and summon other Justices who were on the panel to be present when Justice Kisakye will read her ruling.

    He said that this is not the first time such a scenario is happening, he cited a situation during the hearing of the Supreme Court Age Limit Appeal where Justice Mwondah wrote a dossier accusing former Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe of being biased.

    He said that the matter was humbly settled. He added that Kisakye’s grievances will be handled by the Chief Justice because he is the head of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court in particular.

    MAJ GEN LOKECH INTERVINE

    When ASP Nabirye stopped Mabirizi from entering Court premises. He sat down on the ground and called the Deputy Inspector of Police Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech to intervene.

    During the phone conversation which theGrapevine  exclusively listened to, Mabirizi asked Maj. Gen. Lokech to intervene because his officers were obeying unlawful orders by stopping people from entering a public place. Maj Gen Lokech promised Mabirizi that he was going to intervene and address his complaint.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Lawyers To Challenge DPP Abodo’s Plan To Hide Witnesses, Mabirizi Wants Trial To Be Halted Over Constitutional Court Petition…

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    Lawyers representing embattled Kawempe North Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Ssegirinya, Makindye West’s Allan Ssewanyana and other accused persons are set to put up a spirited legal fight against the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) Justice Jane Abodo’s plans to hide the State witnesses in the main criminal trial before the Crimes War Division of the High Court.

    On Thursday, Justice Abodo, through her Assistant Lino Anguzo, the lead prosecutor in the trial told the pre-trial presiding judge Justice Elizabeth Jane Alividza that they have filed an ex-parte application to allow the state to protect the witnesses from the media and the public when they are testifying.

    Lino told Court that the witnesses they want to protect are very instrumental in their case and they will play a strong part to help Court to deliver justice to the accused persons and the deceased.

    However, speaking to theGrapevine, Geoffrey Turyamusima, one of the lawyers representing the accused persons insisted that they have agreed with their clients to challenge the witness protection application.

    “No, we are going to challenge that application, they have disclosed to us the witnesses who are set to testify against our clients and we have been seeing some of these witnesses in the media.

    “They are the family members of the deceased, friends and security personnel. Now, what do they want to protect?” Turyamusima wondered.

    Court has not yet set the hearing date for the application and other applications including the human rights enforcement application and the bail applications of all the accused persons.

    Other accused persons on the file are; Jackson Kanyike, Jude Mugerwa, Bull Wamala, Mike Sserwadda and Jude Muwongo.

    They are all together with the legislators battling murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges.

    State alleges that the accused persons were behind the Greater Masaka panga wielding goons who killed over 28 elderly people.

    LAWYER MABIRIZI WANTED TO HELD THE TRIAL

    In a new development, controversial incarcerated city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has applied to the Crimes War Division of the High Court to halt the pre-trial of the accused persons until the determination of his Constitutional petition against the Attorney General.

    In his Constitutional petition, Mabirizi insisted that Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana are being politically persecuted by the state and the additional criminal charges brought against them are unjustifiable.

    However, Turyamusima told theGrapevine that they will oppose Mabirizi’s application to stay proceedings of their clients because he doesn’t want them to rot in prison given that the Constitution Court is going to take a lot of time to determine his Constitutional petition.

    Turyamusima added that what they want as per now is a speedy trial for their clients because they have established that the state doesn’t have evidence against them.

    He emphasised that the only application filed by Mabirizi, which they will support is the one where he calls for merging of the two files, one at the Crimes War Division of the High Court and the other at Masaka High Court.

    Recently, the accused persons applied for the merging of both files and the presiding judge promised that their matter will be handled in the pre-trial process.

    Early this year, Justice Musa Sekaana, the head of the High Court Civil Division Kampala sentenced Mabirizi to 18 months imprisonment on charges of contempt of Court.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    UPDF Commandos Join Deadly Operation To Hunt Top Ugandan Terrorists Who Escaped From DRC Prison…

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    Commandos of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have joined the deadly operation to hunt for and arrest top Ugandan terrorists who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prison early this week.

     Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the development and explained to theGrapevine that the reason why they joined the DRC’s army FARDC was after establishing that among the 822 prisoners who escaped, there were top terrorists who were recently arrested.

     “Since we joined the operation, we have already arrested more than 150 prisoners who escaped from a government prison in Butembo town. We are very sure that all of them will be arrested because them being out there is a threat to the entire region’s security,” he said.

     He added that preliminary investigation established that ADF terrorists were involved in the attack and their top aim was to help their friends to escape and join them to continue terrorising the entire region.

     DRC government also claims that the operation, which took only 15 minutes was masterminded by ADF terrorists. The prison was allegedly raided after ADF learnt that their friends who were arrested by the security were set to be evacuated to other big government prisons.

     Captain Anthony Mualushayi, the spokesperson for the operation hunting for the escaped prisoners revealed that the attackers come from Mwalika valley and were 80 in number.

    They used their weapons and machetes to open the prison doors to help their own including a one Kizito and other 12 deadly ADF terrorists from Uganda to escape.

     Capt. Mualushayi added that over 8 people were killed in the operation including five assailants, two policemen and a prisoner who was killed by the terrorist when was resisting their orders.

     He said that by the time reinforcements came, the terrorists had fled the place.

     However, they managed to trace their tracks and arrested two of them with AK47 guns and several rounds of ammunitions.

     UPDF decided to join DRC to hunt DRC for ADF terrorists after they made several attacks on Ugandans that left some victims dead.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Speaker Among, Top Parliament Staff To Be Quizzed Over MP Kagabo’s Shs40m Bribe Allegations; Legislator Risks Losing His Bukoto South Seat…

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    MP Twaha Kagabo (L) and Speaker Anita Among (R)

    Detectives from the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) are set to record statements from the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among and other parliamentary staff on the allegations of giving Shs40m bribe to Members of Parliament.

    Ali Munira, the spokesperson of the office of the IGG revealed that their detectives have widened their investigations and a number of witnesses will been summoned to record statements over Dr. Twaha Kagabo’s bribe allegations.

    She declined to confirm whether speaker Among will record a statement.

    However, multiple credible sources in the IGG’s office confirmed that Speaker Among will record a statement on grounds that she is a subject matter in the allegation.

    Kagabo claims that in July this year, he received a phone call telling him to go to Nakasero at the home of speaker Among and pick his gift. When he reached Among’s house, he was given Shs40m and told that it was a package from parliament administration prepared for legislators.

    Sources at the IGG’s office divulged that Kagabo has recorded two statements and was ordered to report to the IGG’s office every day to establish how far the investigations against the allegations have reached.

    Sources added that among other people the detectives want to pick statements from are officers from Uganda Communication Communication who will help to verify the owners of the phone numbers which were used to call Kagabo to allegedly go to the Speakers home, to pick his gift.

    The Investigators will also rely on the evidence of the CCTV cameras at the speaker’s home around Nakasero to establish whether the legislator was seen at the home of the speaker at that particular time.

    Among denied all the allegations and recommended that the legislator be taken to Rules, Privileges and Disciplinary parliamentary Committee and be investigated.

    Sources in parliament revealed that the speaker will also testify in the Committee to defend herself.

    However, Uganda’s representative in the East African parliament and a renown senior legislator James Kakooza told theGrapevine that Kagabo is in big trouble and he cannot survive losing his Bukoto South parliamentary seat.

    He explained that the Leadership Code is very clear that when a person holding a public office receives a gift worth more than Shs400,000, he or she has to declare it to the IGG within 24 hours which he failed to do.

    He added that it will be hard for Kagabo to place Among on the scene of crime because there is no touchable evidence since he didn’t sign anywhere when he was given the money and the speaker herself was not the one handing him the bribe.

    “I think my young brother was playing politics and he is finished. Now, what we want the investigators to tell us is, who gave him that ‘kanyama’ (bodyguard) who was carrying the bag which contained the money. I established that my young brother was under captive and the Kanyama was the one ordering him to do whatever he did,” Kakooza said.

    NUP’s president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alis Bobi Wine praised Kagabo for following his advice and returning the bribe like he advised his legislators unlike his other colleagues who received the bribe but refused to return it.

    He pleaded to IGG and other investigation agencies to investigate the matter with care instead of victimising the legislator.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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