November 11, 2018
The High Court in Kampala has directed the government to pay a lawyer Shs300m plus costs of the suit after the court found that he was illegally detained beyond the mandatory 48 hours, among other things.
Judge Andrew Bashaija, the head of the High Court Civil Division, ruled on June 9 that the action of the police in that regard was not only illegal but unconstitutional.
Court also found that the bank account of Mr John Kaggwa in Diamond Trust Bank was wrongly blocked, which contravened his constitutional right to a fair hearing, privacy and to practice his profession. Mr Kaggwa runs Kaggwa & Kaggwa Advocates.
The judge ruled further, in favour of Mr Kaggwa, that an order to search his home and office without a court order contravened his right to privacy and fair hearing and also declared as illegal a decision by a police officer to decline to hand over Mr Kaggwa’s passport despite a court order.
In 2016, Mr Kaggwa jointly sued Mr William Wilber Kototyo, a police detective, officer and the Attorney General.
“The plaintiff [Kaggwa] herein is awarded general damages of Shs100,000,000 against the defendants [Attorney General and Kototyo] jointly and severally owing to the fact that the 1st defendant is a CID officer working under the Uganda Police Force and his actions bind the force,” Judge Bashaija ruled.
“The plaintiff is awarded aggravated damages of Shs200,000,000 owing to the highhandedness, arrogance, and contempt of court orders and impunity exhibited by the 1st defendant [Kotyotyo] while in course of his duties and an agent and servant of the 2nd defendant [govt/Attorney General] and the fact that the contempt continues to date,” he added.
May 20, 2018
Detectives have arrested four people, including a lawyer, after they allegedly wrote to police seeking criminal investigation into the death of Akbar Adoko Nekyon.
Nekyon, a cousin of former president Dr Milton Obote, died on May 4.
Police officers arrested and detained Mr Adam Makmot, a lawyer, Ms Mariam Akullo, a relative of Nekyon, and two other men, who had gone to CID to rescue the duo on Thursday.
The four were arrested over what the police said was uttering false documents.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesman Vincent Ssekatte confirmed the arrest of Mr Makmot, Ms Akullo, and two others men.
“Mr Makmot appeared on Thursday at CID headquarters at Kibuli [in Kampala] and we interviewed him. However, there are a few issues we didn’t complete. That is why he was detained. Akullo is also detained and she has given us important information about the issue. We still need more information from her,” Mr Ssekatte said on Friday.
The police say Mr Makmot wrote to CID on behalf of Akullo on May 8, asking them to investigate the death of Nekyon, claiming it wasn’t due to natural causes and cited foul play.
March 3, 2018
Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has remanded a man to Luzira prison over attacking a lawyer, Mr David Tebusweke Mayinja, with acid.
The suspect Isha Nuhu a driver and resident of Janda-Namugongo in Kira Municipality-Wakiso district is charged over conspiracy to murder and attempting to commit a felony by pouring acid on people.
Appearing in a session presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Charles Yeteise, the accused person Nuhu denied the charges.
He is charged a alongside one Hajji Kaboggoza Mutwalibu the key suspect who was not present before court. The prosecutor Ms Emily Ninsiima informed court that he (Mutwalibu) secured a police bond when the file was sanctioned by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Presiding Yeteise issued a warrant of arrest to Hajji Mutwalibu after criticizing the state prosecutor for having allowed the registration of a file before court, when all the suspects are not in police custody.
November 23, 2017
Ugandan lawyer Nicholas Opiyo talked to DW about the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda and the intimidation and harassment he, and other activists, face in their country.
Nicholas Opiyo is a leading human rights lawyer and the founder of the human rights organization, Chapter Four Uganda. He has been working tirelessly since 2005 to promote civil liberties in Uganda, often for free.
Opiyo will be awarded the German Africa prize at a ceremony in the German capital, Berlin, this evening (23.11.2017). The German Africa Foundation gives the prize to honor “outstanding individuals for their long-standing endeavors to foster democracy, peace, human rights, art, culture, the social market economy and social concerns.”
Opiyo spoke to DW in Berlin about the dangers of being a human rights activist in Uganda and the questionable democratic practices of Uganda’s government.
October 30, 2017
A lawyer yesterday became the latest statistic in a grotesque cycle of cold murders that have become a permanent feature of life in Kampala and neighbouring districts.
At 4:30am, Adam Haibala Mulongo returned home after an outing with friends, opened his gate, drove in and was hit with an object that sent him headlong down as he reversed the car inside his compound.
Mr Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, confirmed the incident.
“He was hit with a sharp object and collapsed, they left him unconscious and neighbours called police that took him to Kadic Hospital where he died at 10am,” said Mr Owoyesigire. Mr Paul Harera, a friend of the deceased, recounted to this newspaper that he returned home with another friend, Conrad Echodu, who followed him in a separate car with a Kenyan friend whom he stayed with.
When they approached the gate, something was not right; Mulongo’s car was parked unusually at the open gate with lights on.
September 14, 2017
Law students who graduated from Makerere University will be required to produce certified academic papers before enrolling for this year’s bar examinations in Kenya. The Council of Legal Education (CLE) Thursday released a notice to the law students after reports that the degree scam is being investigated by Uganda’s oldest and biggest university. Makerere is investigating degrees awarded since 2011 and this is likely to affect many Kenyans who studied at the university. Dr Damalie Naggitta-Musoke, the former dean of the School of Law at Makerere, is leading a team that is auditing results. Ugandan sources said up to 88 lecturers, administrators from the senate, and students named in the marks scam are being investigated. It emerged that the staff changed students’ marks at an average Kenyan fee of Sh8,000 and Sh40,000 million per unit depending on the course and status of the student. Back home, the ripple effect of the audit has started to bite, with law students being the first casualties.
January 4, 2017
Democratic Party (DP) President Nobert Mao has called for the protection of lawyers in the ongoing murder case against the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and the victims of the recent clashes in Kasese.
Mao made the call after one of the lawyers in the case Samuel Muyizzi, who is also DP legal adviser, was attacked on Monday night by unknown people who reportedly demanded that he withdraws from the case.
Addressing the press on Tuesday at the DP Headquarters in Kampala, Mao said that he has spoken with the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza to ensure that the lawyers in the case are protected.
“Muyizzi was attacked on Monday night in town and the attackers were demanding that he withdraws from representing the victims of the Kasese violence. We are very concerned. This morning I spoke with Winnie Kiiza and told her to use her office to defend the lawyers.