READY TO DELIVER: Judges of the EACJ First Instance Division in Court. They are set to make a judgment in the case of former Speaker Margaret Zziwa against the EAC Secretary General.

The East Africa First Instance Division will on Friday February 3, deliver a judgement in the case filed by Hon. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa against the Secretary General of the East African Community.

Former EALA Speaker Margeret Nantongo Zziwa

In the case Hon. Zziwa alleges that the process of her removal from the Office of EALA Speaker was illegal and an infringement of Articles 53 and 56 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.

Hon. Zziwa was the then elected Speaker of the EALA, after her impeachment, the Assembly elected Hon. Daniel Kidega as the Speaker for  EALA up to date.

The Court heard the court oral evidence from witnesses for both parties’ witnesses (the Applicant and Respondent) from July 26 to 29 2016. Also court heard oral highlights of written submissions by counsels for the parties on November 21, 2016 that concluded the hearing of the case.

The judgment will be delivered by Judges of the First Instance Division: Lady Justice Monica Mugenyi (Principal Judge), Justice Isaac Lenaola (Deputy Principal Judge), Dr. Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo, Justice Fakihi A. Jundu and Justice Audace Ngiye.

On February 15, the Appellate Division will also resume sessions which will go up to February 28, 2017. Only four appeals will come up before the Court for scheduling conferences and hearing. All appeals will be brought before Judges of the Appellate Division: Dr. Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja (President), Justice Liboire Nkurunziza (Vice President), Justice Edward Rutakangwa, Justice Aaron Ringera, and Geoffrey Kiryabwire.

On February 28, the First Instance Division, will again continue with the sessions up to March 30, 2017. A number of cases will come up for hearing, scheduling conferences and delivery of rulings and judgments. These include five hearings, four scheduling conferences, two rulings, one judgment and two other matters.

The Court seats for a month every quarter due to the ad-hoc nature service of the Judges. Currently the President and the Principal Judge of the court are the only resident Judges in Arusha, other Judges come only when there are sessions or other court business.

All matters will be in open Court 2nd Floor EACJ wing.