Earlier on Thursday, there was unprecedented ‘drama’ in the Supreme Court after Justice Esther Kisakye, a supreme court judge who is also a member of the 9 judge bench hearing the election petition accused the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, of confiscating her file with a minority ruling which she wanted to read instantly but Justice Owiny Dollo wanted it to be read at a later date.
The Public Address system and power were switched off as Kisakye delivered her ruling, while the other justices also walked away from the bench, leaving her alone to read her judgment!
Kisakye in her defiance reacted that when she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2009, she took a judicial oath and swore to protect the constitution of Uganda. So Chief Justice’s order to read her ruling at a later date was unconstitutional and that’s why she disobeyed it.
Justice Esther Kisakye said she was convinced that Hon. Kyagulanyi’s house arrest which prevented him from filing the petition on time was true but then court squashed and ruled against what she calls reality.
She vowed to give her verdict regardless of the venue. “The court does not necessarily mean a building,” she said. “A court is anywhere justice can be delivered. I will give my verdict even when I am under a mango tree,” she added.
By the time of filing this report, Justice Kisakye had already convened a presser where she is giving her account of the 2021 polls. In her televised ruling, she has annulled the reelection of the incumbent president Museveni and ordered for a byelection without his name on the ballot paper.