The Uganda Catholic Lawyers’ Society (UCLS) has petitioned the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to block the Shs 11bn compensation award to Severino Twinobusingye’s lawyers.

In November 2011, Twinobusingye, petitioned the Constitutional court to, among others, nullify Parliamentary resolutions requiring Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and two other ministers to step aside pending investigations into alleged oil bribes. The petition succeeded because the resolution requiring Mbabazi to step aside was declared null and void.

Twinobusingye, the petitioner, was awarded two thirds of the costs with a certificate for his two counsels – John Mary Mugisha and Chris Bakiza. Mugisha demanded Shs 12bn as taxation and Bakiza, an assisting counsel, asked for Shs 8bn claiming that the matter was of great national importance, unprecedented in Ugandan parliamentary democracy.

The state opposed the claim by the two lawyers, and, instead, proposed Shs 30m. In his December 24, 2012 ruling, Registrar Elias Kisawuzi reduced the award to Shs 11bn, a figure attracting 18 per cent VAT.

Now, UCLS President Jude Mbabaali and Secretary, Kampala-based lawyer Richard Lumu, have petitioned the JSC Secretary to block the Shs 11bn award. The two lawyers claim that Kisawuzi, who also doubles as the Judicial spokesman, erred both in law and in fact in awarding Shs 11bn as costs in favour of Twinobusingye.

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+1 #1 jaramogi 2013-03-04 05:41
But why are all issues that relate to Amama Mbabazi has a bearing to big money issues? It has been known, that this man is very unclean. I think this guy is behind all this connivance.

Uganda is a country of thieves says Mzee M7. I agree
0 #2 Mweru Samuel Byachi 2013-03-04 11:20
No need for religion on this matter. Why Catholic lawyers? Is this nugu by a section of lawyers or what? This is the time for us to learn that certain actions we do can cause financial loss via the courts.

Please while i also think that it is rather too much for my ears, i nevertheless say it is paid.
0 #3 doctordre 2013-03-04 13:22
Uganda is a country of thieves, which is exemplified by the politicians and the judiciary. I thought we were a laughing stock under Idi Amin.

Clearly, we are now a banana, mafia state. I have heard of the American dream, now I know there is the Ugandan dream.
0 #4 Kimbowa 2013-03-04 14:14
I have always had trust in the judiciary, until erias kisaawuzi did the unthinkable. he should be investigated for possible connivance
0 #5 Katherine 2013-03-04 19:41
Ugandans can whine and say all sorts of words and nothing will change except if they deal with changing the current leadership
0 #6 Kyeyune 2013-03-05 03:08
Pay them and learn the hard lesson that when you go to court, you must be ready for two sides of the or lose. You went to court, this was kamanyiiiro so let the lawyers be paid the money.

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