National
City lawyer insists on Anti-corruption Court
Publish Date: Jan 23, 2014
City lawyer insists on Anti-corruption Court
The Anti-corruption court started work after about six months of a freeze on the trials of corruption cases.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Hillary Nsambu

KAMPALA - City lawyer Davis Wesley Tusingwire has filed an appeal opposing the Constitutional Court’s decision not to outlaw the current formation of the Anti-corruption Court.         

He filed a notice of motion filed in the Supreme Court on January 17 in which he seeks to stop the implementation of the Constitutional Court’s judgment.

Tusingwire insists that the Supreme Court should stop the judgment of the Constitutional Court allowing the resumption of the Anti-corruption Court until his appeal is finally disposed of.

He insists that the Constitutional Court was wrong not to declare as unconstitutional the composition, competence and functions of the Anti-corruption division as long as it consists of Chief and Grade One Magistrates sitting as the High Court judges.          

Late last year, the Constitutional Court with four justices against one, dismissed Tusingwire’s petition as unmerited and refused to stop and outlaw the composition and functions of the Anti-corruption Court.

The justices dismissing the petition said that the court’s formation by the Chief Justice and his directions did not breach any provisions of the Constitution.

But Steven Kavuma, the acting Chief Justice, doubling as Acting Deputy Chief Justice, dissented saying that the inclusion of the Chief and Grade One Magistrates in the composition of the Anti-corruption Court breached the Constitution and should be stopped immediately.

The Anti-corruption Court has since started its work after close to six months' freeze on the trials of corruption cases.

Tusingwire insists its functions are unlawful as they derogate accused persons’ rights to fair hearing before an independent and competent court established under the Constitution.  

He further maintains that the composition of the Anti-corruption division of the High Court offends the Constitution particularly where it provides for the appointments of the Chief and Grade One Magistrates sitting as High Court judges.

The lawyer is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Constitutional Court’s judgment stopping the magistrates from sitting as judges.

Represented by Muwema and Mugerwa Advocates and KOMO Advocates, Tusingwire is asking the court to stop the Anti-Corruption Court from functioning until his appeal is disposed of finally in the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General, Peter Nyombi, is yet to respond.       

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Lukwago likens city evictions to Operation Wembley
THE Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has likened Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to the defunct Operation Wembley unit of police...
Ugandan diplomats ordered to learn foreign languages
UGANDA envoys and the diplomatic staff are encouraged to study languages of countries of their respective workstations...
AMISOM to leave Somalia in 2016
THE African Mission to Somalia, a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union could leave Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders...
Minister warns civil servants over pension scam
Civil servants working in the ministry of Public Service have been warned against pension scam that it should not happen again....
Traditional healers want to meet Museveni
Traditional healers have petitioned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga seeking her help to meet President Yoweri Museveni over their support during the 1980 Bush war....
AMISOM to leave Somalia in 2016 - envoy
The African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union would be leaving Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders...
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter