Ssekikubo case against LDC referred for mediation

Hearing of a case in which Lwemiyaga county MP Theodore Sekikubo is suing the  Law Development center(LDC) for excluding him from the concluded April graduation  has been referred for mediation.
The case had come up today for Hearing, however high court Justice Henerrieta Wolayo instead ordered both parties  to use the mediation process to reach a peaceful out of court settlement and also saves courts time from a possible  long public case hearing.
However Justice Wolayo has  not  appointed a  mediation Judge on grounds that she will need the LDC to first present documents from the director of LDC and the marking guidelines they used  for the 26th April graduates by this coming  Monday.
In his application Ssekikubo wants court to rule that LDC erred by not allowing him to graduate and also wants court to order LDC to give him his transcript.
 On the 26th of April, Deputy Registrar in- charge of civil  matters Sarah Langa oked the graduation ceremony to take place  in  which over 1302  students were awarded their law practicing certificates, dismissing Ssekikubo’s application for an injunction.
While dismissing the application the Deputy registrar ruled that it would not be fair to stop the graduation ceremony because it would  mean that court  endorsed  an illegality by ordering that Sekikuubo is included on the graduation list  yet  he failed an exam adding that two wrongs do not make a right.
She there for advised Ssekikubo to pursue his main case  and table evidence before court  to prove that the 1302 graduation list contained students who failed just like him.
He contends that even though he  failed one paper ; corporate and Financial practice  in which he scored 37%, it’s discriminatory for the LDC Management committee to allow other 201 to  graduate and leave him out  without a justifiable reason .
The case been adjourned to the 3rd of July 2018.

Otafiire explains civilian trials in the Military court martial.

By Alice Lubwama

Legislators on the human rights committee of parliament have tasked the minister of justice and constitutional affairs Maj. General Kahinda Otafiire to explain the continued trial of civilians in the Military court martial.

He was appearing before the committee chaired by Mitooma woman MP Jovah Kamateeka to brief the members on the extent of implementation of the recommendations of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Annual reports.

Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya demanded the minister to explain why government has continued to charge civilians before military court martial despite recommendations by the commission that  they should be  tried in the civil or criminal courts.

But the minister defended the move saying that most of the civilians prosecuted in the military court commit offenses under the military criminal code.


Masaka MP loses seat

By Sania Babirye

The High court in Masaka has nullified the election of Amos Mandela as the Buyamba county Member of Parliament.

Former Makerere guild president Ivan Bwowe sued Mandela on grounds that he did not possess the required qualification, and used forged academic papers for nomination.

The court ruled that both his O and A level transcripts had different names one in the names of Majara Amos while another had the names Amos Madala.

Photo: URN

MP aspirant Kyamadidi attacked by rival’s supporters

Supporters of Charles Ngabirano, the Rwampara County NRM parliamentary candidate, have assaulted his rival, Vicente Kyamadidi. The angry supporters roughed up Kyamadidi at Mwizi Sub County this afternoon.

He sustained bodily injuries. It took the intervention of anti-riot police to rescue the legislator. The attack on Kyamadidi came when he followed Ngabirano accusing him of hiding a box with pre-ticked ballot papers in his vehicle.

Dan Ruhemba, the Mbarara District Returning Officer, told URN that he had dispatched a team to investigate Kyamadidi’s claims and ascertain what happened. He however, says they anticipated chaos and deployed heavily in the constituency.

Similar incidents of violence were also reported in Rushasha Sub County in Isingiro district involving the supporters of Nathan Byanyima, the Independent Bukanga county parliamentary candidate and those of his NRM rival Stephen Kangwagye.

It is alleged that Kangwagye’s supporters attacked those of Kangwagye leading to skirmishes.