The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo has in a memo asked all precints of the judiciary to shut down for 42 days just a day away from the bail application hearing for the incarcerated supporters of the National Unity Platform party.
The judicial spokesperson Jameson Karemani says the move is a precautionary step taken by the authorities to minimize the spread of the novel Corona virus disease which has so far left a judicial officer in Kabale Grade one magistrate court dead.
“We are closing all courts for 42 days. No court cases will be conducted in the courts for the entire lockdown,” Karemani told media. “Only urgent cases will be handled but for the rest, the judiciary shall reopen after the presidential lockdown,” he added.
It should be noted that June, 8 was the official production date for at least 17 supporters of the National Unity Platform party who have even in Kitalya prison following their arrest in Kalangala last December. The Dollo lockdown on judiciary implies that Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li and the rest will have to endure another 42 days behind the dungeons of Kitalya till the courts reopen.
CJ Dollo statement;
“I therefore, pursuant to the powers conferred upon the Chief Justice under Article 133 of the Constitution hereby issue these revised guidelines which shall remain in force for 42 days with effect from today, the 7th of June, 2021.All Court hearings and appearances are hereby suspended for the period of 42 days with effect from 7th June 2021,”Dollo said in the circular.
“For cases at the stage of submissions, the respective Courts may advise the counsel/parties to file written submissions through email addresses provided by the Court. All execution proceedings and processes are hereby suspended for the same period of 42 days.”
Analysts however anticipate that the judiciary could be out of funds to operate. “The country is in a serious economic crisis,” says Mukiibi, an analyst. “We may witness an unprecedented hyper inflation. People should ready themselves for poverty,” he adds.