By mukose Arnold Anthony
Over 438 from 8 parishes of Nateete, Ndeeba, Rubaga, Busega, Mutundwe, Najjanankumbi1, Kabowa and Najjankumbi2 in Lubaga South constituency have on Thursday afternoon petitioned the chief justice Bart Katurebe over the delayed hearing of an election petition NO. 42 of 2016 of Buwembo Habib a voter challenging the academic credential of the Lubaga south legislator Kato Paul Lubwama
In a document received by the office of the chief justice, court of appeal, Uganda Human rights commission and Legal aid project Uganda law society , these voters led by a one registered voter Awadi Hamid Hasim have expressed displeasure over the delayed handling of the matter which they claim is a public matter.
“We’e registered voters of Lubaga south constituency aggrieved by the delay of trial between Habib Buwembo and Kato Lubwama in an election petition above” Part of the petition reads.
“Well as we’re aware that almost all electoral petitions in Uganda are being disposed off, our has not seen a ray of line” The document continue to read in parts. “We hereby call upon your noble office to intervene in the matter, for justice delayed is justice denied” The petition reads.
Speaking to the main petitioner Mr. Awadi Hamid Hasim says that the office of the chief justice has assured them and asked them to be patient until the Mbale age limit hearing is done, their matter will too be handled though apologized for the delay exhibited by the former deputy chief justice Stephen Kavuma
Awadi says that they had backed Buwembo to drag Lubwama to courts of law but the delay has forced them to petition not as supporters of any leaders but as voters who are interested to see that the matter is disposed off.
It should recalled that last year the high court civil division in Kampala under justice Margate Oumo Oguli had granted Buwembo a green light to file election petition after the stipulated time had expired which Lubwamo rejected the ruling and filed the an appeal which the former Deputy CJ Steven Kavuma who was leading the panel of judges never heard until his retirement.
On 12th April 2018, the conservative party president and former area legislator was the first person to petition court but unlike the voters, he petitioned the deputy CJ on the same matter but he hasn’t received any feedback from court.