Court allows Makerere dons to join Amama petition


Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the application by Makerere university law lecturers seeking to join an election petition filed by former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

Nine Makerere University school of law lecturers and nine Civil Society Organizations applied to court to be allowed to join the petition.

They include; Prof. Oloka-Onyango, the lead applicant, Prof. Sylivia Tamale, Dr. Ronald Naluwaire, Dr. Rose Nakayi, Dr. Busingye Kabumba, Daniel Ruhweza, Dr. Kakungulu Mayambala and Daniel Ngabirano.

Robert Kirunda, who represented Makerere dons said in his submission that parties seeking to be “amicus curiae” have the sole purpose of aiding the court in reaching a just reason.

In a Monday morning ruling, Justice Lilian Tibatwemwa said Kenya Supreme Court’s has in previous times admitted amici curiae or “friends of court”.

“We are satisfied that applicants have expertise in issues such as human rights, good governance,” Tibatemwa said.

While impartiality is key, she said, it is not the only issue in determining amicus curiae.

She then revealed that Supreme Court had allowed the nine Makerere University law scholars to join Amama Mbabazi petition as amicus curiae.

“We are satisfied that the applicants’ brief raises novel issues and their participation would aid the court.”

The dons are expected to file their application on March 17.

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