Court Sets Ruling Date on Kato Lubwama Case

Court Sets Ruling Date on Kato Lubwama Case

By Serestino Tusingwire

High Court in Kampala has set 19th December, 2016 as the date to determine whether to allow Kato Lubwama tormentor Habib Buwembo to file a petition challenging the legality of his area MP being in parliament or not.

After hearing submissions from both parties, Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli said that she will deliver her ruling on December 19.

Habib Buwembo, through the Center for Legal Aid (CLA) dragged the Lubaga South MP, Paulo Kato Lubwama to court claiming that he lacks the minimum academic qualifications to be a legislator.

Buwembo contends that Lubwama failed his O-level exams and was not awarded a UNEB certificate, and therefore, the diploma he claims he got from Makerere University is null and void.

Due to the fact that Buwembo learnt about this past the stipulated time of filing election petitions, he went to court seeking an order to file a petition out of the stipulated time frame set by law.

Through  his lawyer  Isaac Ssemakadde, Buwembo is seeking  a court order saying  he could not file the petition within  the 30 days  because he  did not have the money to hire an advocate  as well as  court fees to file  the petition.

However, Lubwama’s lawyers led by Samuel Muyizi asked court to dismiss the application, saying it lacks merit.