Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka

The Makindye General Court martial has ordered for the arrest of Nakawa Municipality legislator Michael Kabaziguruka for what it calls skipping court.

The Registrar informed Court today that they had written to the Speaker of Parliament in regard to the matter after the legislator twice skipped court.

This was apparently after they contacted the legislator informing him about his case before the Court Martial but he vowed never to appear in the Court as advised by his lawyers until after the Constitutional Court had ruled on his petition before it.

Through his lawyers Lukwago and company advocates, Kabaziguruka wants the military Court dissolved, saying it is unlawfully established and has no powers to either try civilians or officers and men of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces as its jurisdiction is limited to instilling discipline in errant soldiers.

Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Remmy Kasule issued an interim order restraining the General Court Martial from hearing the treason charges against Kabaziguruka until it disposed of his petition.

However, the Court Martial says the order is invalid since the Constitutional Court later declared null and void all interim orders it previously issued, saying they were made in contravention of the constitution.

However, Justice Kasule five days later extended an interim order halting Kabaziguruka’s trial at the Court Martial, assuring him that the status quo would remain in place.

 

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