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UNTOLD STORY: How Lawyer Mabirizi’s Mandamus petition Forced ‘Sick’ Katureebe To Set Date To Deliver Age Limit Judgment

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At 10am today, lawyer Male Mabirizi, one of the appellants in the controversial age limit appeal in the Supreme Court filled his Mandamus petition in the high court civil division. A petition for a mandamus order is made to compel a judicial or government officer to perform a duty owed to the petitioner.

In this application, the maverick lawyer, without a practicing license was seeking a High Court order forcing the head of Supreme Court who also doubles as the chief Justice Bart Makunda Katureebe to explain to him why he has failed to deliver the age limit judgment together with other six justices of the Supreme Court in the 60 days stipulated in the UgandaN constitution. 

Mabirizi noted in his application that two weeks back, he wrote to Katureebe seeking an explanation over the delayed judgment but he (Katureebe) refused to reply Mabirizi’s letter. Today, the judiciary acted cleverly, within one hour after Mabirizi’s application, before even fixing for hearing, the Supreme Court registrar released a letter indicating that the judgment was scheduled to take place on Thursday this week.

Sources in the corridors of the Supreme Court have told the Grapevine that the seven justices wanted to give the delayed judgment as an Easter present to Ugandans and most of them are predicting that it may be a bitter judgment to the Mbale victors.

Male Mabirizi, opposition members of parliament led by Garand Karuhanga and Uganda Law Society appealed to Supreme Court after losing in the constitutional court. Five justices of the constitutional court ruled that it was legal for the members of parliament to lift the age limit from the constitution.

By Jamil Lutakome

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EXCLUSIVE: How Chief Justice Katureebe’s Sight Troubles Started At Home Swimming Pool, Judiciary Boss Flies Back To South African Hospital For Major Eye Operation

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The mighty Grapevine can now exclusively reveal how Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s sight troubles began at a swimming pool in his Nakasero home.

Sources very close to Katureebe have told this website that during 2018 Christmas festivals, the CJ worked out regularly to keep his body fit including running around the compound at his home in Nakasero and around his swimming pool.

“You know swimming is one of the best recommended exercises for people of his age.
Now, while he was stretching, he suffered a hamstring pull. He could not move, he was quickly helped by some of his assistants ,” the source who is always close to the CJ told the Grapevine.
He further narrated that at first, they thought that the hamstring was going to quickly heal but the pain the highest judge in Uganda felt intensified.
The source further revealed that Katureebe was first taken to his personal doctor in Bukoto who recommended that he should be flown to South Africa. In South Africa, Katureebe went
through several operations on th dorsum near the shoulder which was affected by the hamstring.

The source further revealed that
after several operations, the CJ recovered and flew back home. A few weeks after these operations, he started developing eye sight problems, he could not see properly and he was feeling a lot of pain in one of his eyes.

The former Bunyaruguru constitutional Assembly member was driven back to his doctor who carried out several medical examinations. The doctor discovered that the CJ’s eye sight was as a result of the dorsum operation that he had.
His doctor talked to the South African medic who operated on Katureebe. The South African Medic advised them to fly him back to South Africa for further medical check ups.

In South Africa, the doctors recommended that Katureebe must under go several eye operations but before officially being discharged, he
pleaded with the doctors to allow him to come back and deliver his age limit judgment because it was a matter of national importance.

Our source further revealed that doctors warned Katureebe not to strain his eyes more by reading for long hours. They also advised him that
immediately after delivering the judgment, he should quickly fly back to hospital for the eye operation.
The source however refused to disclose the hospital where the chief justice was admitted for fear of blowing his ccover but authoritatively revealed that he travelled back to hospital
over the weekend after reading the age limit judgment.

The source revealed that yesterday (Tuesday), Katureebe was expected to undergo
another eye operation.

It should be remembered that during the reading of the controversial age limit judgment, Katureebe told failed to read his full judgement saying that he had sight problems.
Katureebe is not the only judicial officer who is affected by sight problems. Hon. Lady Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye, a supreme court justice also recently under went several eye operations in Uganda, America and South Africa hospitals. Kisakye’s sickness even delayed the delivering of the presidential election petition between incumbent Yoweri Museveni and Amama Mbabazi. Other justices had to wait for Kisakye to come back to deliver the judgment.

When the Grapevine spoke to Solomon Muyita, the senior communication officer to the judiciary, he confirmed that it’s true the CJ is in South Africa for an operation.
“He actually said it himself before they delivered their age limit judgement. He said that he had to set an early date for the judgement because he was going for an operation on the 22nd of this month,” Muyita told the Grapevine.

But information reaching this website indicates that the chief justice is very bitter with negative criticism he received from the general public especially lawyers and the media over his age limit judgement.

By Jamil Lutakome

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I Don’t Enjoy Being Teargassed – Besigye Blasts Critics, Asks Mbabazi To Stop Hiding Behind Doors And Curtains, Tells Bobi To Learn From His Political Experience

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Opposition strongman Dr. Kizza Besigye has blasted former presidential candidate Patrick Amama Mbabazi on his last statement that he is politically selfish.

Veteran journalist Simon Kaggwa Njagala who had hosted Besigye on NBS TV’s famous morning breeze show tasked him to explain to the nation why he is selfish and why he thinks that without him no one can lead the opposition. Njala cited statements made by opposition leaders like Mbabazi and members of the DP block.

The four times presidential candidate asked Mbabazi to stop banding him as a selfish politician when he is hiding behind doors and curtains. He tasked him to come out and publicly tell Ugandans who are yearning for change that Besigye is politically selfish then Ugandans decide.

“I have no problem with anybody to lead the struggle and I have never fought for positions.  So, whoever wants to be a leader of the struggle should come and leads us. I don’t enjoy being teargassed and shot at with bullets, I am not really anxious to be in teargas. I have never seen    Bwanika in the heat of things, I have never stopped them,” Besigye said. 

The defiant man from Rukungiri revealed that he is not politically the same as Museveni as many people claim including people in the opposition.  He said that even though he is battling with treason charges, president Museveni must also be charged with treason charges because he has committed a lot of atrocities. He cited a situation when Museveni ordered military personnel in the broad day light to attack the Members of Parliament who did not support the lifting of age limit from the constitution.  The former political commissioner in the NRA government insisted that what Museveni did was a sign of dictatorship and even his predecessor, the late Milton Obote never did such when he was abolishing the constitution through the pigeon hole constitution and MPs were not beaten.

Besigye (L) with Bobi Wine (R)

Besigye also reacted to the bitter statements issued by people power leader and Kyadondo East Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine that it’s not democratic for someone to stand four times for presidency and later claim that election cannot remove a dictator from power.  Besigye said that all the new opposition members should learn from them and clearly understand why veterans stand for presidency many times.

“The struggle today is not a struggle for leadership, we have nothing to lead, we have to first regain the country. The struggle is to end the rule of the few. This struggle is not my struggle but a struggle must help all Ugandans to regain freedom and control of their country,” Besiggye said.

He noted that the reason why he is challenging Museveni’s 2021 presidential bid is that Museveni uses his executive powers to frustrate other candidates. He gave an example of the last election where he was arrested in the middle of his campaigns. He advised other opposition members to understand the difference between winning an election and taking power. He cited the 2016 elections which he said he won but was denied victory and not allowed to even challenge Museveni’s claimed victory in courts of law because he was put under house arrest.

By Jamil Lutakome and Evalyne Musimenta

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You Found Twelve Airlines And Now We See Only Two Where Are The Other Ten And Owns Them – Dr. Abed Bwanika Asks M7

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Four-time presidential aspirant Dr. Abed Bwanika asked president Museveni’s government to tell the country where the twelve airliners went and who owns the current planes.

Bwanika, who was addressing the media at DP offices yesterday said that Uganda had twelve airliners by the time the president Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) took over power but they all disappeared and right now he is showing only two.

“All of us as Ugandans would have been glad to receive a brand called Uganda Airlines but we want to remind the people of Uganda that this airline was there when president Museveni came, he found twelve air crafts, today, he has brought only two and for us who know mathematics we have no reason to celebrate. After 33 years, they found us with twelve but they have come with two, they are putting the whole nation on alert because of two planes! The people of Uganda should ask where are the ten. The two are moreover on borrowed money. Idi Amin didn’t borrow to buy those planes; he used our money. We don’t know the owner of that Uganda airlines, we want this in public, who is the beneficiary of Uganda airlines? We are not supposed to thank anybody because this is our national brand. We don’t know whether it is going to be profitable or not,” Bwanika said.

He added, “On the issue of political space and business, I want to talk as a pastor because we pastors see things in the spiritual. When I see Uganda today, there is a dark cloud and every Ugandan must be worried because this nation is drifting to violence and Mr. Museveni is the one who has castrated the violence. I call upon religious leaders to pray for our nation, this is the right time for you to guide the country. we don’t want you to watch as our country is drifting into dangerous levels, this country belongs to all of us. we must have space to do politics and business.”

By Evalyn Musiimenta

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