Crime & Investigation

Anti-Corruption Court Declared Constitutional

sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The three judges that is, Justice Remmy Kasule, Justice Lillian Tebatemwa and Justice Geoffrey Karyabwire have all consented to the judgment of Justice Solomon Barungi Bossa which ruled that the filed petition be dismissed in the interest of fighting corruption in the country against Justice Steven Kavuma who ruled otherwise.

The petition challenging the operations of the Court was filed in the Constitutional Court by a Kampala lawyer, Davis Wesley Tusingwire, through his lawyers, Fred Muwema and Richard Mulema-Mukasa, seeking interpretation of the provisions of the law that establishes the Court.

In her judgment, Justice Solomon Barungi affirmed that the anti-corruption court as a division of the court is constitutional and should continue executing its duties since it does not contravene with the constitution of the country.

Muwema and Mulema-Mukasa had also submitted that the petition of their client seeks declaration and orders that the exercise of judicial duties in the Anti-Corruption Court by the Chief Magistrate and Grade I Magistrate is unconstitutional.

However, the judgment has provided that Chief Justice has got all the jurisdictions to appoint magistrates to any court in the country who work as his assistants.


On the other hand, council Davis Wesley Tusingwire has vowed to appeal against the court ruling adding that the decision that was taken by the majority does not promote constitutionalism in the country.

Tusingwire added that the composition of the anti-corruption court is unlawful whereby the law demands that I should have judges and not magistrates.

“Though there is a need to fight corruption in the country but we shall not allow it to be fought in an unlawful manner,” he added.

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