New magistrate assigned to handle the yellow pigs case

Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende has been assigned to take over the trial of two youths charged with holding a pig protest at Parliament last year.

The reassignment follows accusations of judicial misconduct against magistrate Beatrice Khainza by lawyer Isaac Semakadde on behalf of the youth operating under the jobless brotherhood umbrella. The accusations were embedded in a complaint to Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani.

Semakadde faulted Khainza for openly threatening and embarrassing Norman Tumuhimbise and Robert Mayanja both members of jobless brotherhood, over the continued press coverage of the case.

The Lawyer also alleged that magistrate Khainza noted that the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe had personally called and cautioned her over the constant media coverage of the “yellow pigs” trial.

He requested the Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani to take action under Section 221 of the Magistrates Courts Act to redeem the independence and impartiality of the trial court and ensure that justice prevails in the case.

Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Solomon Muyita told URN in an interview that the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani had concluded discussions with magistrate Khainza on the matter and resolved to assign another magistrate to preside over the case.

Muyita noted that magistrate Khainza expressed discomfort with handling the case after the complaint and opted out.

The trial of the jobless brotherhood youth started followed the shocking entry into parliament by the two youths with two yellow-colored piglets. The youths identified as Norman Tumuhimbise and Robert Mayanja were reportedly protesting against unemployment, corruption and harsh budgetary measures.

The piglets tagged Yes, M-PIGS, Corruption constituency’ and ‘Jubilee Alliance’ emerged from the Parliamentary parking, straight into the main entrance of Parliament.

The two youths face charges of contravening the Parliament Powers and Privileges Act which prohibits demonstrations within the Precincts of parliament.