store stuff http://consumersafetywatch.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Opposition Democratic Party (DP) wants Court of Appeal registrar Elias Kisawuzi, click http://csol.pt/components/com_k2/views/comments/tmpl/report.php who also doubles as judiciary’s spokesperson, to resign and be questioned by police on how the figure of exorbitant fee to lawyer Saverino Twinobusigye was arrived at.
“DP intends to file a complaint against Kisawuzi before the end of February. Kisawuzi must resign because his position should be occupied by someone of integrity. He is not sympathetic to tax payers,” said the party’s publicist Jude Mbabali during a press conference on Tuesday in Kampala.
The Shs13bn compensation report has since sparked a huge public outcry, with activists condemning Kisawuzi for dishing out lots of taxpayer’s money with impunity.
The preparation of the case reportedly lasted only four hours.
New Vision recently reported the government had been ordered to pay sh12.9bn in costs to Twinobusingye.
Severino Twinobusingye dragged the Attorney General to the Constitutional Court following resolutions by Parliament requiring Mbabazi to step aside. The five judges on the Coram declared those declarations null and void in February last year and awarded Twinobusingye two-thirds of the costs with a certificate for two counsel.
The other Ministers are Sam Kutesa of Foreign Affairs and Hillary Onek formerly Minister of Energy and Minerals and now Internal Affairs Minister.
Twinobusingye contended that Parliament denied the said Ministers fair hearing before passing a resolution to try and force them to step aside, which was unconstitutional.
The judges included then Deputy Chief Justice Alice Mpagi-Bahingeine, Steven Kavuma, Augustine Nshimye, Stella Arach Amoko and Remmy Kasule.
Asking for the costs before the Registrar, Eriasi Kisawuzi, Twinobusingye’s lawyers, John Mary Mugisha and Chris Bakiza argued that the petition had been quite complex, entailing extensive research, study of national regional and international authorities or judicial precedents from other courts.
They listed the list of authorities and commentaries. Mugisha asked for sh12bn as the leading counsel and sh8b for Bakiza as assisting counsel.
State Attorneys George Kalemera and Daniel Gantungo had opposed the amount asked for by Twinobusigye’s lawyers saying that the matter was not as difficult and involving as Twinobusingye’s lawyers said. Kalemera said that it even took less than four hours to conclude and proposed sh30m as costs.
Interestingly, Kisawuzi ruled that Shs30m was “rather low.”
“For the first time an injunction was issued against Parliament setting precedent that the judiciary has powers to interfere or question methods of internal management of running of affairs of Parliament, which, was never before,” said Kisawuzi.
“Both counsel convinced court that this case was of great magnitude and entailing a lot of professional responsibility to prepare and prosecute the same where part of research was not obtainable in the local jurisdiction. I find the sh30m proposed by learned counsel for the respondent as rather low.”
He added: “Considering all the relevant circumstances and principles governing taxation, I find a sum of sh20bn as proposed reasonable and two thirds thereof would put the total instruction fees to sh13bn shillings which I reduce to sh11bn. This will attract 18% VAT as required by law. Regarding other claims and disbursements, they are accordingly taxed as indicated in the bill of costs.”
DP now says it has already requested the Judicial Commission not to allow Twinobusingye to withdraw the money until investigations into Kisawuzi conduct are concluded.