Advocates representing jailed city tycoon Godfrey Kato Kajubi have expressed displeasure after their client’s name was removed from the cause list of the on-going Court of Appeal criminal appeals hearings.
According to Yunusu Kasirivu, one of Kajubi’s lawyers, in his letter dated February 13 said he was surprised to learn that Kajubi’s name had been removed from the ongoing criminal appeal cause list without any proper explanation. The letter was addressed to the registrar of the court Erias Kisawuzi.
Kajubi was on July 26 last year convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of masterminding the ritual sacrifice of Joseph Kasirye, a 12 year old boy in Masaka in 2008.
Kasirivu in his letter claims Kajubi’s appeal in which he is challenging the life imprisonment sentence handed to him by Masaka Court, had been scheduled for Thursday but to his surprise, his name was removed and instead replaced with another appeal of Uganda Vs Zhang Yuping.
He is seeking the registrar’s attention to reinstate the matter as scheduled even if it is scheduled for another date but within this criminal session.
Kasirivu explained that the sudden change in the appeal hearing dates would not only cause his lawyers from different law firms to clash but also bring bad light to the entire judiciary.
He further claimed the change in the appeal hearing dates will cause his lawyers to be asked to refund the instruction fees.
However, in reply in a letter dated February 25, Kisawuzi apologized for the inconvenience caused to Kajubi’s lawyers but promised to cause-list Kajubi in the next criminal session expected to be held in June and July this year.
Kajubi is challenging the sentence handed to him by trial judge Mike Chibita.
In his grounds of appeal, Kajubi contents that the trial judge erred in law and fact when he did not properly evaluate the evidence on record and wrongly convicted him.
He also argues that the trial judge erred in law when he was influenced by facts surrounding the previous trial.
He is now asking Court of Appeal to allow his appeal and also free him from prison.