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Supreme Court Registrar Reveals Secrets Of How The Supreme Court Justices Determined The Controversial Age Limit Case…

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Anguandia Godfrey Opifeni, a Registrar at the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land has revealed shocking secrets of how the seven justices of this court determined the controversial age limit case.

In an affidavit sworn in his capacity as the registrar of the Supreme Court which is going to be used as evidence by the Attorney General against city lawyer Male Mabirizi on the age limit appeal in the East African court of justice, Opifeni told court that he is the one responsible for inter alia, arranging sessions, attending court, delivering of judgements and rulings on behalf of the Supreme Court justices when called upon to do so, issuing court process and taxing bills of costs.

He added that he is has vast knowledge of what happened during the filling and determination of the age limit appeal.

“I know that on 26th November 2018, all parties were summoned to the Supreme Court for a pre-hearing conference of the appeal and court gave direction to the parties on how to file written submissions and fixed the hearing of the appeal,” Opefini noted. 

He denied Mabirizi’s claims that he was the one who forced justice Richard Buteera off the panel which was going the hear the appeal. He stated that justice Buteera only sat in for justice Eldad Mwangusya who was out of the country during conferencing and all this happened in an open court. 

He revealed that on the 16th and 17th December 2018, Mabirizi wrote to the Supreme Court expressing his desire to make recusal application against the Chief Justice Bart Katurebe and justice Jotham Tumwesigye. He noted that the Chief Justice and other justices summoned all parties including Mabirizi who they tasked to explain why he wanted justices recused from the panel which was going to hear his appeal.  Opefeni revealed that Mabirizi first requested that recording equipments be switched off because he did not want his recusal application be captured on the record which was granted.

He further nailed Mabirizi that he voluntarily abandoned his recusal application and requested to proceed with the matter, he was directed to put the withdraw of his application in writing which he did. He downplayed Mabirizi’s claim that he was not given enough time to submit his case, he said that Mabirizi was given reasonable time like other lawyers in the case. 

He also revealed that after hearing of the case, the CJ Katurebe, on 28th December 2018 gave other justices on the panel a draft of his preliminary judgement for debate before the final judgement for ruling.

He said that Mabirizi protested the delay by the Supreme Court to deliver their judgement beyond the stipulated time of 60 days but they responded to him that the justices were working on their final judgements which was later delivered. Opefeni told court that the CJ was available in all the preceding and challenged Mabirizi’s claim that he was not physically and mentally fit to the extent that he failed to read his final judgement. He assured the East African justices that all the justices on the panel determined the age limit case without fear or favor.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I Swear Upon God It Wasn’t Me: Saleh Distances Himself From Ndeeba Church Demolition Before Kazimba…

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Gen. Salim Saleh, the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has distanced himself from the demolition of St Peters Church Ndeeba in Kampala.

There were media reports that had started linking Saleh as the invisible hand funding Dodoviko Mwanje, the man who facilitated the demolition of the church.

While addressing the House of Bishops led by Archbishop Stephen Kazimba at Kawanda Research Institute, Saleh said that he was saddened by allegations that he was behind the extinction of the church.

“I’m (always) here in Kapeeka, I haven’t got time to respond, I’m hearing Saleh you are grabbing land, am I a mad person to grab a church? So for that matter, I want to swear before you the Bishops and Archbishop that in the name of God I’m not involved in that church demolition issues,” Saleh assured the House of Bishops from the Anglican faith on Wednesday.

 

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Tumukunde Officially Kicks Off His Race To State House, Launches Presidential Bid…

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Former Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) senior military officer and presidential aspirant, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde has today officially unveiled his presidential bid at Kololo, as he prepares to face his former boss and bush war comrade, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

Gen. Tumukunde who arrived at his Kololo based offices at 10am was welcomed by his wife and other politicians from different parts of the country also launched his pressure group ‘Kisoboka’, which directly translates to “it’s possible”.  The retired general who will stand on an independent card will now ride his presidential ambitions under the slogan, “A renewed Uganda, It is possible,” and will be identified by the colour orange.

Led by Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, Chairman bodaboda Association of Uganda, Charles Ndugwa, business community led by Frank Gashumba, lawyers, among other dignitaries from all corners of the country were present at the function.

Gen Tumukunde earlier this week revealed that he has in the previous weeks been soaked in activities purposed to build solid structures and systems that will aid his campaign thrive once he embarks on the race to persuade voters.

“I don’t know how quiet I have been but I believe in having networks and sorting out links to people from whom you expect votes. So I don’t know if that is being very quiet,” the soft spoken General argued.

On voluntarily retiring from his position as senior military officer on 3rd/May/2020. The former spy chief right then declared his ambition to preside over Uganda, and vowed to contest and defeat the incumbent President Museveni in the 2021 elections.

 

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I Want To Look At Bobi’s Academic Papers, Someone Born In  1982 Cannot Join Primary One At Two Years Of Age! – Mabirizi Questions EC Over Kyagulanyi Nomination…

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Contentious city lawyer, Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Electoral Commission to avail him with the academic documents of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) and National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

On Tuesday, The EC announced that Kyagulanyi was among 8 other candidates picked nomination forms to stand for presidency, taking the total number of applicants to 19, after 10 others collected theirs on Monday.

In a petition dated 10th/August/2020, Mabirizi wrote to the Electoral Commission secretary requesting for certified copies of Kyagulanyi’s nomination academic papers for the Kyadondo East by-election, in which the latter eventually emerged victorious.

The introductory part of the petition read; “I address you in my capacity as a civically active Uganda well aware of your constitutional duty as elaborated under Article 61(1)(d) of the Constitution to organize, conduct and supervise elections and referenda in Uganda and you indeed held a bye-election in Kyadondo East bye-election where Robert Kyagulanyi participated as a candidate and declared winner and now a sitting Member of Parliament.”

The lawyer noted that section 4(3)( C) of the Parliamentary Elections Act ,2005 provides that a person is only qualified to be an MP if that person has completed a minimum formal education of at least Advanced level standard or its equivalent of the Ugandan Education system, a fact he says he wants to prove.

Mabirizi persisted that the EC must have therefore have been availed with his academic documents to prove Kyagulanyi completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent before nominating him. Mabirizi now demands to have a look at the NUP leader’s papers.

“The required documents are required to satisfy my doubts that the said Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu possesses the said qualifications given that as per his details via the parliamentary website, he was born in 1982 and sat A- level in 1998. Implying that if the birth year is true, he sat A-level at 16 years, O-level at 13 years PLE at nine years and joined primary one at two years,” Mabirizi insinuated.

The lawyer insisted that his doubts can only be satisfied by looking at the academic documents tendered to the Electoral Commission in 2017 at nomination prior to the Kyadondo East by-election.

Robert Kyagulanyi is currently legally battling allegations of illegally obtaining, taking over and changing the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) into the National Unity Platform and later assuming it’s presidency.

The provocative lawyer has in the past been notably known to contentiously dare the head of state, the state itself and various state officials to legal battles in the courts of law. And for a traditional Muganda man who has petitioned his cultural leader before, Mabirizi’s latest move is significantly so typical of him. For many however, mostly Kyagulanyi’s fanatics have deemed his action as an attempt to seek relevance to shelter his ambitious political career, on a hint that he could vie for the upcoming 2021 general election.

 

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