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Constitutional court starts hearing overdue petitions

Constitutional court justices in session


The Constitutional court has announced that it has started hearing a set of 25 petitions some of which date as far back as 2015.

A statement by the Court’s registrar Mary Babirye, said justices led by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera, has started hearing at least 25 petitions starting today (February 1), for the next two weeks, to dispose of 25 petitions before embarking on judgment and writing.

Babirye adds that DCJ Buteera, will lead a panel of five justices that will handle the petitions.

The other Justices are Kenneth Kakuru, Catherine Bamugemereire, Christopher Madrama and Irene Mulyagonja.

On the matters cause-listed, at least eight matters were filed in 2015.

Babirye said this is a deliberate effort to handle backlog at the court adding that the other matters to be handled in this session are those filed between 2016 and 2020.

As at last Friday, the Court had a total of 249 pending Constitutional Petitions.

Some of the notable cases include that of Unwanted Witness Uganda challenging the Uganda Communications Commission decision to block and shut down social media platforms during the elections.

In another matter, Fox Odoi is contesting the declaration of 20 (21) of the regulations pertaining to NRM Primary Elections saying they are contrary to Article 28(1), 44(c) of the Constitution.

The DR Congo is also seeking for a declaration that the various orders made by the High Court of Uganda that led to the attachment and sale of their premises in Kololo and Mbuya are contrary to the Foreign Policy objectives outlined in part XXVIII of the Constitution.

Babirye reassured the parties involved in the session that it will be held in conformity of covid-19 standard operating procedure protocols to avert the spread of the virus.
“The Court will encourage only advocates and litigants in the matters to participate to avoid crowding the court hall,” she said.

The participating advocates have been advised to file both soft and hard copies of their submissions ahead of the hearings.

The Registrar of the Court, Susan Kanyange, said the Court intends to hold two other Constitutional Petitions sessions during the course of this year.

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