n effort to mitigate court case backlog, the Constitutional Court has organized a special session to clear at least 53 cases including constitutional petitions and applications over the month of october.
The session which will be led by Justice Fredrick Egonda Ntende and features other Constitutional Court Justices including Justice Elizabeth Musoke, Justice Cheborion Barishaki, Justice Muzamiru Kibeedi and former Inspector General of Government (IGG) Justice Irene Mulyagonja will starting Monday see at least 38 constitutional petitions and 15 constitutional applications most of which were filed between 2011 and 2014 heard. Thereafter the Judges will embark on writing their Judgements.
According to the Court’s cause list issued by Acting Assistant Registrar Mary Busingye, the cases to be heard include a Constitutional petition by former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Col Dr. Kizza Besigye in which the opposition leader challenges Section 26 of the Penal Code Act.
Dr Besigye argues this section contravenes Articles 23,28,29 and 44 of the Constitution in so far as the provision infringes on the rights to expression, movement, religion, assembly and association as provided for under the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Besigye also contends that the section vitiates the rights to a fair hearing, personal liberty, and a raft of other human rights and constitutional freedoms.
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The other notable petition on the court’s cause list is Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago’s challenge of the quasi-judicial powers allotted to the Minister for Kampala affairs under the Kampala Capital City Authority ( KCCA) Act.
” We need to prioritize Constitutional matters over the other cases and give them expeditious disposal ” said newly appointed Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera, who also doubles as head of the Constitutional Court, while unveiling his strategic plan for the Court.
There are currently 266 Constitutional petitions and 231 Constitutional Applications pending hearing and disposal at the Constitutional Court, according to Judiciary figures and special court sessions of this kind are expected to help stem the case backlog in order to ensure speedy dispensation of Justice.