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DCJ blasts antagonists: That’s being floppy minded, is Mbale in Kenya?

Justice Owinyi Dollo

Judges handling the age limit petitions have further defended the decision to have the matter heard from the Eastern town of Mbale.

Regardless of the fact that decision had attracted severe criticism especially from the opposition and Civil Society Organisations, Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo says there is no mistake that was taken and he is glad that the hearing is already on smooth progress.

The judiciary was being accused of keeping citizens away from adjudication of matters of national importance something forced the Justice to wonder if the people against the matter thought that Mbale was located in Kenya.

He added that the judiciary has a discretion to take the case in any of its premises within the country, maintaining that there was no hidden motive in having the case taken to Mbale.

Among the team handling the petitions include Justice Remmy Kasule who says the move was intended to send a message to the ordinary people that courts can carry out their responsibilities in any part of the country.

Immediately after different submissions, Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo warned the complaints and the defendants not to get excited with their facial expressions since their decision will depend on what is delivered in court therefore citing that some members may end up crying.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, according to the Lawyers representing petitioners in the age- limit case led by the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago are expecting 10 officials to appear in Court in Mbale and be cross-examined on the affidavits.

The officials they want to be cross-examined are the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi, head of public service John Mitala, MPs Moses Balyeku and Margaret Muhanga and the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi. Other officials that the petitioners want summoned by court are; police officers Frank Mwesigwa and Asuman Mugyenyi, the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige and the Sergeant At Arms Ahmed Kagoye.

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