Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has urged Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to withdraw his petition if he has no trust in the judges hearing out his case.
The Supreme Court Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has urged the National Unity Platform party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to withdraw his petition if he has no trust in the judges hearing out his case.
Last week, Kyagulanyi lashed out at three judges out of the nine responding to his petition challenging Museveni’s victory in the just-concluded presidential elections.
Kyagulanyi in particular raised comments about justice Dollo whom he said has always had a conflict of interest in addition to two others including Justice Mike Chibita and Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi whom he said has a strong relationship with Gen Elly Tumwine the current security minister.
“We want to put the Supreme Court on notice that if this persists, we are not going to be part of that mockery, the next step is to take the matter to the public court,” Kyagulanyi revealed.
He added; “We understand that Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo has close political contact with President Kaguta Museveni having been the president’s defence lawyer in 2006. Mike Chibita, another judge on the panel, was President Museveni’s private secretary on legal affairs for seven years and Ezekiel Muhanguzi is a relative to Gen Elly Tumwine who is the security minister.”
However while responding to the complaints raised by the NUP presidential flag bearer, Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo indicated that they will not allow anyone to intimidate them on how to do their work.
Justice Dollo said that he has a conviction that any judgements made by him are right and factual. He said that all judges take an oath to protect and guard the constitution without fear or favour.
“If anyone thinks he can intimidate, blackmail, induce the Chief Justice, then he is headed for a crash. I have a conviction that what I am doing is right,” the Chief Justice said.
“I want to say that the judges took oath to protect the Constitution. In the oath, we all took to exercise judicial functions entrusted to me in accordance with the laws of Uganda without fear, favour, affection or ill-will.”
Justice Dollo, also, told Kyagulanyi that if he did not have confidence in the court he would not have considered bringing his complaints before them.
“We are not opposed to fair criticism but criticise my conduct and decision. But speaking against me without a chance to respond is cowardly. You can choose to malign us a thousand times but if you have an issue and come before me, I would proceed in line with the law,” he added.