Mabirizi seeking for compensation in East African court.
Lawyer Male Mabirizi asked the East African Court of Justice to Compensate the families who lost their loved ones during riots.
The riots which took place between November 18th and 23rd 2020 started immediately after the arrest of National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The Kyadondo East Legislator who had been detained at the Nalufenya Police Station was accused of spreading an infectious disease after he had allegedly violated COVID-19 guidelines during his campaigns.
As a result, Kyagulanyi’s supporters from various places in the country went on the streets demanding for his unconditional release.
But the security agencies, Uganda People's Defense Forces, Police and the Local Defense Unit-LDU were deployed to quell the protests.
In the aftermath, 54 people were shot dead according to a report that was handed to President Yoweri Museveni by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Department of Police.
Mabirizi wants the East African Court of Justice to award a standard figure of general damages to each family of the 54 people killed in the riots.
Mabirizi chose to run to the East African Court of Justice after his case which was challenging President Museveni’s directives imposing a lockdown on several facilities during covid-19 was deleted from court records on orders by the then head of the High Court Civil Division Justice Dr Andrew Bashaija.
In his evidence, Mabirizi said Uganda as a member of the East African Community is supposed to abide the said standards.