Lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, who has become famous for his never ending court suits is yet again back with another legal suit. This time, he has sued the Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama.
Mabirizi has petitioned the High Court seeking orders for Byabakama to vacate the office of chairman Electoral Commission which he assumed without resigning his duties as justice of the Court of Appeal. In his application Mabirizi contends that it is unlawful for justice Byabakama to continue holding 2 government offices at the same time.
According to Mabirizi this compromises the independence of the judiciary in deciding over electoral petitions since it is one of their own who heads the institution which would have sanctioned the illegality being challenged. Mabirizi adds that the judiciary still maintains Byabakama on its official website as a justice of the court of Appeal, meaning he is still employed as a judge.
Byabakama is yet to respond to the suit.