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Supreme Court Set to Determine Fate of Attorney General Byaruhanga

Seven Supreme Court judges led by Justice Stella Arach Amoko have set  2nd May 2019 as the date to commence hearing the case in which Prof Frederick Sempebwa, Fredrick Juuko and Kituo Cha want the court to hold Attorney General William Byaruhanga in contempt of court for failure to follow up and report back on the recommended electoral reforms.

The applicants also want the Supreme Court to declare Byaruhanga unfit to hold the office of the Attorney General, having failed to follow up on the implementation of these reforms and report back to court on the progress within 2 years.

The new date has been agreed upon by lawyers from the both the office of Attorney General and those representing the applicants.

Solicitor General Francis Atooke asked for adjournment of this matter, saying that both the Attorney General and his deputy were currently engaged in other inevitable government businesses and couldn’t make it to court.

“Our senior colleague Atooke has already informed us the reason and we agree because we require personal attendance of the Attorney General. We accept the adjournment if court allows” replied counsel Rwakafuuzi.

The same court granted the applicants permission to file their late submissions in rejoinder.

The judges to handle this case are Stella Arach Amoko, Eldad Mwangushya, Faith Mwondha, Paul Mugamba, Richard Buteera, Jotham  Tumwesigye and  Augustine Nshimye

On August 20th 2016, nine justices of the Supreme court led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe who presided over a presidential election petition that was filed by former premier Amama Mbabazi, unanimously upheld the election of the incumbent but made ten recommendations to parliament and the executive regarding the review and amendment of the Presidential Election Act.

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These include the extension of period within which a presidential Election petition has to be filed and determined, as well as reviewing the time for holding fresh elections in case a presidential election is annulled.

Court also recommended that State owned media should grant equal airtime space to all presidential aspirants

 

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