National
Godi clashes with lawyer in court
Publish Date: May 22, 2014
Godi clashes with lawyer in court
Former MP Akbar Hussein Godi (left) is serving a 25-year sentence for the murder of his wife. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Andante Okanya

KAMPALA - Former Arua Municipality MP Akbar Hussein Godi who is serving a 25-year jail term for the murder of his wife, has disagreed with his lawyer at the Supreme Court on procedure in his appeal.

The court located in the upscale city suburb of Kololo, had on Thursday scheduled to hear Godi’s appeal.

Godi’s appeal to the Supreme Court arose from the Court of Appeal ruling which on July 23 last year, upheld the High Court verdict of 2011.

The panel of five justices was headed by Justice Jotham Tumwesigye. Others were Galdino Okello, Esther Kisaakye, Wilson Tsekooko, and Christine Kitumba.

However, the disagreement prompted the justices to adjourn to the next convenient criminal session of the court.

Godi was convicted and sentenced Godi for the murder of his wife Rehema Caesar, who was shot dead at Lukojja village in Nama sub-county, Mukono district on December 4, 2008.

The disagreement was ignited when Godi’s lawyer Henry Kunya, said he was not adequately prepared to proceed. He asked for an adjournment to the next convenient session of the court.

“This matter is coming up for hearing today. However, we are not in position to proceed. This being the ultimate court of the land, it calls for maximum preparation,” stated Kunya.


Godi flanked by prison warders gestures as he arrives at court. Photo by Enock Kakande

He also explained that although the Court of Appeal had sent a copy of certified proceedings to the Supreme Court, the latter had not availed photocopies to enable him proceed.

But the statement riled Godi who raised his left arm to seek permission to address the court. It was subsequently granted.

Dressed in a black suit with a neck tie emblazoned with colours of the Uganda national flag and the crested crane, he requested that his appeal be accommodated in this session.

“My biggest fear is that this session is ending tomorrow. If you would grant us two weeks, we will be ready to proceed,” stated Godi, asking the justices to consider the deplorable conditions at Luzira Prison.

Godi who also requested to be allowed to represent himself, since he is also a lawyer, reiterated his fear, saying the last criminal session of the Supreme Court was in 2011.

The assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Wamasebu, rapped Godi and Kunya, saying the court “does not work on the dictates of litigants.”

The panel of justices wondered why Godi was trying to jeopardise his case by rushing to have it heard, yet his lawyer had admitted inadequate preparations.

Prior before the court session and after, Godi chatted and could be seen enjoying a hearty laugh with relatives.

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
Museveni calls for increased honey production
President Yoweri Museveni has called for increased honey production to meet the country’s production potential....
Date set for ruling on Pakistani rape suspects
Buganda Road Magistrates’ court has set September 23 as the date for ruling on whether the Pakistani businessmen implicated in the sexual attack of their 23–year- old housemaid have a case to answer...
Govt hails Somalia for peace-building
Minister of Information and National guidance Rosemary Namayanja has hailed Somalia’s Federal Government for efforts towards rebuilding their dilapidated nation...
Jinja’s
Arguably the shortest man in Jinja, a local commercial photographer, Peter Muyanda, has won an air ticket to Dubai courtesy of the Bukedde newspaper...
Fight for lawyer Sebalu’s property deepens
The fight for fallen city lawyer Paulo Sebalu’s multibillion estate has deepened with the family members getting divided into two camps...
Kagina’s job: URA board speaks out
As the public anxiously waits for Government to announce the person to replace retiring Commissioner General Allen Kagina, the Uganda Revenue Authority board has called for “patience” and more time to select the “right person” for the job...
Do you think banning the sale of single cigarette sticks will help regulate tobacco production?
yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter