In wake of the lingering debate within a huge section of the public accusing the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo of being partisan and biased, the spokesperson of the Uganda Judicial commission has cleared the air refuting the acclaims.
In a media briefing this Sunday, the judiciary public relations officer Jameson Kalemani, it is admitted that the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo who is the country’s number 4 as per the order of protocol met with the head of the executive arm of government, Tibuhaburwa Museveni.
Mr. Kalemani however refutes claims that the talks which the duo held had anything to do with the ongoing election petition. “Whereas it is true that His Lordship the Chief Justice met with the head of state, their dicussion was not in any way related to the ongoing case,” he is quoted saying. “As the judiciary, we are disturbed by the ongoing social media outrage criticising the Chief justice. We appeal to the public to be calm because the discussions have nothing to do with the case,” he adds.
It should be noted that a police officer in charge of the CCTV surveillance system in Entebbe was arrested and charged with negligence of duty after he allegedly leaked photos showing the vehicle of the Chief Justice arriving at State House Entebbe for a meeting with president Museveni. Besides, in the previous election petition case hearing, the chief justice was furious towards the person of Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and NUP to the point that he rejected their additional affidavits and asked them to proceed with plan B in case they don’t confide in court. Also important to recall is the fact that Chief justice Dollo was once a Museveni attorney in the 2006 presidential election petition filed by the former FDC presidential candidate Rtd.col.Dr. Kizza Besigye.