Judge mocks Ruhindi, slams Katureebe over Besigye


Retired Supreme Court judge Prof. George Kanyeihamba says opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye is making the government look very ridiculous.

“They now want him in three different places,” the retired judge said Tuesday.

He said there is no “defiance offence” in the constitution.

“What the Constitution provides for is the right to demonstrate.”

Worse, he observed, government wants to try Dr Kizza Besigye in Luzira.

“I didn’t know we have a court in Luzira! That is illegal. Our police is well equipped.”

Besigye who is charged with treason could not be produced in Nakawa Court for fear of a security breach after police claimed lack of personnel.

“How can they say Besigye can’t appear due to security threats?” Kanyeihamba queried.

“They fear his popularity.”

He said Besigye’s trial is yet another trial of the Uganda justice system.

“How can a small court in Kabale apply to try a man [Kizza Besigye] who is currently charged with treason?”

The state applied to have Besigye transported to Kabale town to face charges of disobeying police orders and holding an illegal assembly.

“I am extremely disturbed by the silence of the judiciary. By now, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe should have come out.”

“When the rule of law is attacked, it is the authority of the Chief Justice that should come out openly and complain.”

He said Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, his former student, could not even explain Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on Amama Mbabazi election petition.

Mbabazi had petitioned the court challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in the 2016 elections but his application was dismissed for lack of evidence.

The Supreme Court did not inquire into the Mbabazi petition given the irregularities, the judge said, adding that no wonder Ugandans lost faith.

The professor then turned to Attorney General Fred Ruhindi who was disgracefully dropped from the new cabinet.

“There is no legacy that my former student Fred Ruhindi has left behind. He is a good lawyer. He should go back and practice law.”

Prof Kanyeihamba says he doubts whether the new Attorney General Byaruhanga William will perform any different from Fred Ruhindi.

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