more about http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-themes-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The Constitutional Court recently blocked the Parliamentary adhoc Commission from investigating Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, web Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Sam Kutesa for receiving bribes from oil companies.
Kampala city lawyer Twinobusingye Severino sued the attorney general contending Parliament was biased against the ministers by appointing the Ad hoc committee to probe them without according them a chance to defend themselves.
Now in a petition dated February 3 under reference number JMMM/355/2011, Severino warns Kadaga she has flouted the subjudice principle by discussing the case in public.
“We have learnt from the press (The Observer of Wednesday, Feb 1st – 2nd 2012, vol.7, Issue No.090 pg 2; The Sunday Pepper of Jan. 29th 2012, vol. 11, No. 220, pg. 5; The Red Pepper of Tuesday, Jan 31st 2012, vol. 11, No. 222, pg. 3 and the New Vision of Thursday Feb. 2nd 2012, vol. 27, No. 24, pg.6 that you and some members of the August House have flouted the subjudice principle at different fora by openly debating the issues, the subject of the above petition and are bent on resuming business as usual when you are actually aware that the Constitutional Court slammed an injunction on those very issues pending the delivery of its verdict,” the petition reads in part.
“We would like to express our deepest concern and strongly warn that we shall be constrained to commence contempt of court proceedings against you personally and all those whose conduct is geared at compromising the outcome of the Constitutional Court’s decision without further notice,” the petition drafted by Severino’s counsel John Mary M. Mugisha adds.
“By copy of this letter, we do request the Learned Hon. The Attorney General of the Republic of Uganda to prevail upon all Arms of Government to desist from violating the sanctity and independence of the Judiciary.”
Severino further argues: “With due respect, it is discernible that Parliament has been trying to influence the outcome of the pending matter, thereby undermining the sanctity and independence of the judiciary which the subjudice rule is intended to protect. “
The petition is copied to the President, Vice president, Chief Justice and Prime minister among others.
Several reports indicate Severino rushed to court to save Mbabazi from being haunted by the activist MPs during the explosive oil debate and probe.
The move also highlights the deepening clash between Mbabazi and speaker Kadaga.
Efforts by President Yoweri Museveni to harmonise the pair’s divergent views on how Parliament should conduct business are yet to bear fruit.
Mbabazi claims Kadaga did not give ministers ample time to defend themselves during the heated oil debate, statements the speaker rubbishes.