Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court Suspended

KAMPALA-Uganda’s anti-corruption court has been suspended.

The country’s constitutional court on Friday suspended the operations of the anti-corruption court pending a ruling on the petition challenging its composition.

The three judges of the constitutional court -Remmy Kasule, Stephen Kavuma and Augustine Nsiime ruled that the composition of the anti-corruption court was unconstitutional.

The ruling was in response to an interim application filed by counsel Davis Wesley Tusingwire challenging the inclusion of magistrates in the anti-corruption court.

Tusingwire filed the application on 7th February this year through his lawyers Muwema and Mugerwa company advocates.

In suspending the court, the judges maintained that their decision will not have any effect on the cases that have already been decided.

They also held that continuing cases be stayed until the main petition is heard and disposed of.

Records from the suspended anit-corruption court indicate that there are more than 200 cases that are yet to be heard.

The anti-corruption court was established in 2008 to handle cases of corruption.

Among the high profile cases it handled included those of the three former ministers-Jim Muhwezi, Capt. Mike Mukula and Alex Kamugisha who were accused of misappropriating millions GAVI funds for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Others who have been jailed by the court include the former accountant of the office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda who was convicted for embezzling billions of shillings meant for the reconstruction of northern Uganda.

The people, who were affected by this court’s actions, are likely to exploit this judgment to appeal for observance of their constitutional right to a fair trial which includes trial before a competent court of law.

 

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