High Court Judge Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli has given the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Attorney General William Byaruhanga, a last adjournment in the matter where six MPs are accusing speaker of unlawfully dismissing them from the house at the time of debating to the uplifting of Presidential Age limit.
This matter was filed in court last week and the judge set today Thursday as the hearing date but unfortunately this has not been possible following the absentia of a representative from Attorney General’s chambers.
Although the six MPs have been present in court with their lawyers from Lukwago and Company Advocates, this matter couldn’t proceed without the representative from the respondents.
Although Justice Oguli dismissed the members of press from attending her court basing on Article 28(2) which she says gives her discretion to limit the public and the press from attending her court — we have been informed that she made calls to the Attorney General’s chambers where she was told that Mr Elisha Bafirawala, the lawyer in charge of this matter, was not available.
She then decided to adjourn the matter to 3rd January 2018 and, incase the Attorney General who at the same times represents Kadaga fails to show up, the matter will be heard exparte.
On addressing the press, the applicants’ lawyer Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago described the Attorney General’s conduct as contempt of court targeting to delay this matter.
“It’s surprising to see that the judge left her holidays to come to work but the AG didn’t make any official communication that they will not be in court ,” he said.
Lukeago added that the A.G’s chambers are so big that in case any member in conduct of any matter is not available they can replace him with another one to avoid delaying of cases.
The six MPs petitioned court seeking it to declare that Kadaga’s conduct of suspending them when a house had already been suspended was illegal.
They further want court to come up with an order to speaker Kadaga not to continue taking parliament under her arms but should conduct Parliamentary duties basing on the set up rules of proceeding.