In a press release over the weekend, the Chief Justice of Uganda came out to condemn acts of “hooliganism” that were seen at the Stella Nyanzi trial that ended with a naked protest by the accused and a public melt-down that resulted into chaos in the court house presided over by Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.
The Chief justice is also dismayed that his legal officer was hit by a bottle by the protesters and that they destroyed court property during the struggle.
The details of his outcry are contained in this tweet.
The Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, is dismayed by the acts of hooliganism that culminated into yet another assault on a judicial officer in the course of her duties. He described them as uncivilized, offensive and disrespectful of the sanctity of the courts. pic.twitter.com/z7rBDX4qdG
— Judiciary Uganda (@JudiciaryUG) August 3, 2019
However, behind Katurebe’s concerns and fears is a worry about the forthcoming 2021 election season that will mostly likely involve the courts. He is worried that the judicial officers may increasingly be attacked by the public for many of their judgments that are deemed unfair and repressive of people’s freedoms.