Embattled Mubende District Resident Judge Joseph Mulangira has failed to appear in court despite his availability in the chambers over reasons best known to him.
Mulangira who was expected to begin the hearing of a human rights violation matter filed by over 24 people against four respondents but didn’t show up. He instead directed his body guard a one Asingwire to inform the applicants’ lawyers and relatives who filled up the court room that some of the remanded applicants were not in court and hence, he could proceed with the matter in their absence.
Applicants including Ssetimba John, Uganda Journalists Association, Mugwabya Ronald, Nantubiro Grace Birabwa among others ran to Mubende High Court over human rights violations by Kaweesi George, his manager Kyeyune Francis, Martin Okoyo area DPC and the Attorney General when they were kidnapped, beaten, assaulted, destroyed property, evicted over 3000 residents on addition to violating journalists rights who were covering the said violations on the residents on 9th October 2018.
However, it was later revealed that, Justice Mulangira declined to sign the production warrant with the alleged aim of frustrating the applicants which left most of the relatives confirming the allegations of him being in bed with the respondents because they too were not in court which prompted relatives to say, that they all knew that the matter won’t be heard.
When the applicants’ legal team led by Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates, Network for Public Interest Litigation (NETPIL) and Chapter Four Uganda, tried to find out the next hearing date, they were shocked only to receive information from his clerk and body guard that Justice Mulagira ordered them to go to Kampala and ask chief justice Bart Katureebe Magunda for the hearing date.
Of recent, Mulangira has been accused by the applicants for frustrating their pursuit for justice when he didn’t only deny their relatives bail after having been arrested and charged for fighting for their land, but also is claimed to having threatened the Buweeri prison OC leading denial applicants from signing their affidavits, but also wanting to hear and determine their case without their affidavits. And as we report now, it’s alleged that Mulangira ordered for the transfer of three inmates who are believed to be the master minders in pushing for justice to as far as Fort portal with the alleged aim of failing them to sign affidavits.
Addressing the relatives and media, their lead lawyer Kiiza Eron assured them that, they will stand with the victims until justice prevails.
On behalf of the journalists who were affected (Ssebaduka Emmanuel of Salt Media and Ssemango Steven Kasozi NBS TV), Mukose Arnold Anthony UJA Secretary for Media Safety and Human Rights, assured Mubende journalists that the association is standing up high for them and that no one should ever threaten journalists and the Association keeps quiet. He asked them to always report any violations they face will executing their profession.