Bukenya: Judiciary tells off Museveni


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Nov 22, 2007
The Judiciary will stick to its constitutional mandate in dispensing justice irrespective of President Museveni’s reported comments on when former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya should be released on bail. “Our position is a constitutional one and we have never deviated from that legal position. Our independence is free meaning that we can deliver,” said Mr Erias Kisawuzi, the spokesman of the Judiciary, yesterday.

Mr Kisawuzi said the institution still stands by its July 13 position in which it held that pronouncements allegedly attributed to the President regarding a then pending Constitutional Court petition filed by Prof. Bukenya contesting his trial were sub judice and undermined the public confidence in courts of law.

In its July statement, the Judiciary had said: “It is important to note that the Constitution provides that the Judiciary is the adjudicating authority in Uganda and no person or authority shall interfere with the courts or judicial officers in the exercise of their judicial functions.”

Justice Reacting to reports that for the second time in three months, Mr Museveni had again declared a stance on the innocence of his former vice president, the Judiciary repeated its earlier position.

During an NRM Parliamentary Caucus meeting in July, the President was quoted to have said that Prof. Bukenya had no case to answer, claims that prompted the Judiciary to again assert its constitutional independence.


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Aug 13, 2009
yes, hii ndio misimamo inayotakiwa, sio mwanasiasa anatoa pumba zake tu watu wananywea

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