Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has ordered Mubende Resident Judge Joseph Murangira to defend himself on the accusations that he mishandled a land eviction case involving over 3000 residents.
In a July 28th 2019 letter addressed to Justice Murangira and copied to the Principal Judge, the Registrar Mubende High Court and lawyers of the complainants, the Chief Justice confirmed receipt of the allegations brought against him.
“Please give me your responses on allegations against you so as to enable me respond to the complaints” reads part of the letter
In their complaint to the Chief Justice, the affected Mubende residents through their lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates accused Justice Murangira of mishandling their case which was filed before his court on Monday 1st July 2019 challenging their violent and illegal eviction.
The residents accuse the presiding judge of siding with their evictor, one George Kaweesi.
“On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Justice Murangira adopted a strange procedure that compels the applicants to file submissions before the completion of pleadings and before conferencing,” the lawyers told the Chief Justice.
These asked the chief justice to look in to the matter and either relocate the case to an impartial judge, or to transfer the matter to Kampala because they don’t have hope that they will get justice.
The victims of the mass eviction were occupants of Block 168, plots 19, 22 and 23 located in Kambuye, Kikono, Kyabaana, Kanseera and Lwensanga villages in Mubende District, which land is being claimed by Kaweesi.
Its alleged that Kaweesi through his agents has on several occasions destroyed property and crops belonging to the occupants of the said land with the intention of forcing them to vacate.