The Court of Appeal has cause-listed 40 Civil Appeals and election petition appeals to be handled in a two-week session starting on Monday (November 30) and ending December 14, after which the Justices will embark on judgment writing.
The session will be handled by Justices; Catherine Bamugemereire, Stephen Musota and Muzamiru M. Kibeedi.
The Court’s Acting Assistant Registrar, Mary Babirye, revealed that the Justices have dedicated the first two days of the session to handle the remaining election petition appeals.
“All the matters to be handled on Monday and Tuesday are election-related matters that were filed much later; the prime of which arose from the recent by-elections,” she said.
She shared that the Court has had to fast-track election matters due to their urgency; much as the Court usually follows the principle of first in, first out.
Among the cases to be handled is that of Lubaga South MP Paul Kato Lubwama who seeks to overturn the ruling of the High Court which allowed Habib Buwembo to file an election petition against him out of the stipulated time of 30 days after gazetting the results.
Following the Court’s verdict, Hon Lubwama sought leave of Court of Appeal to appeal the trial judge’s verdict. Leave was granted two months ago hence the present appeal.
In another appeal, legislator Mwiru Paul is appealing the decision of the National Council for Higher Education for unlawful cancellation of academic papers.
HW Babirye said the Court is committed to handle its backlog and also deliver timely justice.
Meanwhile another team of Justices: Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Remmy Kasule are heading to Lira, come December 14th where they will hear another 40 Criminal Appeals before Christmas sets in.
However, the Registrar emphasized that during this session, court will observe Covid-19 preventive guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures as directed by the Ministry of Health and the Chief Justice to avert the spread of Covid-19.