Court Issues Criminal Summons to Andrew Karamagi

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Justice and constitutional affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire and Rwampara county MP Hon. Vincent Kyamadidi have withdrawn cases against the ruling National Resistance Movement party, purchase which the lodged at the Mbarara High Court.

Following the violence marred October NRM primaries, the two defeated candidates filed cases at the court, against their party electoral commission and their opponents who were announced flag bearers in Rwampara and Ruhinda, for overseeing unacceptable levels of malpractices during the elections.

Otafiire lost in the primaries to Capt Donozio Kahonda while Kyamadidi was trounced by Charles Ngabirano.

Kyamadidi and Otafiire went to court seeking temporary injunctions to stop nominations of the NRM flag bearers, pending clearance of the main suit.

However, court refused to issue these injunctions, forcing the two to stand as independents in next year’s general elections.

The court which sat on Tuesday 1st adjourned the two cases to yesterday December 8th when the duo unexpectedly informed Justice Duncan Gaswaga that they had resolved to withdraw the suits, which he permitted.

Kyamadidi through his lawyer Agaba Jadison of Ahimbisibwe and Agaba Company Advocates stated that the case was a waste of time since the major decision [injunction] had gone against him, and that it was better for him to focus on next February’s elections.


Otafiire on the other hand ordered his lawyers of Kanduho and Company Advocates Kampala to withdraw his case from court.

Justice Gaswaga accordingly dismissed the cases and asked the applicants to meet all the costs.

It is unclear whether or not the NRM party influenced the two candidates’ decisions to withdraw the cases.

Otafiire at the start of the week sternly warned the NRM against sidelining its strong pillars, noting that this would bury the ruling party.

Buganda Road grade one magistrate Mary Kaitesi Lukwago has issued criminal summons to Andrew Karamagi who is accused of grabbing the Attorney General’s speech as he was addressing people at the opening of 2014 Law Year.

This followed Karamagi’s failure to appear in court yesterday morning for further hearing of the case. His lawyer Isaac Semakadde asked for adjournment adding that his client was attending a civil society conference in Johannesburg.

“My lord the accused is not in court this morning; he is attending a conference in South Africa on invitation of Action Aid, viagra 60mg which is running from 7th to 10th December 2015. In court is Mrs Sanyu Panelope one of his sureties who is aware of the accussed’s trip so we pray for an adjournment, symptoms ” submitted Semakadde.

The dissatisfied magistrate issued criminal summons against the lawyer, view before adjourning case to January 4th next year, for further hearing.

Prosecution alleges that on 31st January 2014 while at high court premises, Andrew Karamagi without lawful authority went near Peter Nyombi the Attorney General by then and grabbed his speech which caused annoyance to Peter Nyombi.

Prosecution further alleges that this act inconvenienced the members of the public who were listening to the speech.

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