No trial by ambush, Katureebe tells Amama lawyers


The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has warned Amama Mbabazi lawyers to stop wasting court’s time and ambushing him with rejoinders.

On Monday afternoon, Amama’s lead lawyer, Muhammad Mbabazi, told Supreme Court, evidence shows that there was fundamental non-compliance with the law by Electoral Commission.

“We need to show if there was non-compliance during the process,” Mbabazi said.

He said when it came to announcement and declaration, the documents in Section 56 “were not there”.

The Deputy Attorney General (AG) Mwesigwa Rukutana, however intervened and sought to know under what law Amama Mbabazi lawyers were filing rejoinders (a defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s reply).

The Chief Justice said filing of documents late was “a trial by ambush”.

“You can’t have it both ways, Mr Muhammad Mbabazi. We shall not accept the rejoinders.”

He said all affidavits filed after deadline will not be accepted.

“You are ambushing the court and all parties. It’s futile to proceed when court doesn’t have the documents being referred to.”

He adjourned the case to tomorrow, Tuesday morning at 9:00am.

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