Several court users including lawyers, magistrates, judges and suspects, were on Monday morning stranded at the Anti Corruption Court in Kololo following the Friday Constitutional Court ruling that temporarily halted its operations.
Several cases that had been lined up for either hearing or mention were instead adjourned till August 15 as they wait for a way forward. The cases include that of the eight Ministry of Public Service officials who are accused of creating several ghost names of pensioners.
The cases were adjourned by the registrar of the court, Fred Waninda, in his chambers. Those on remand were also briefed about the Constitutional Court ruling that halted the operations of the court before being further remanded till August 15.
Generally, there was no business at court and litigants were seen in groups of two or three, discussing what could be the possible way forward.
On Friday, the Constitutional Court stayed the criminal proceedings currently going on in the High Court, Anti Corruption Division and those arising from the Chief Magistrate, and Magistrate Grade One attached to Anti Corruption Division, until a pending petition challenging its composition is heard and disposed of.
The ruling followed an application filed by city lawyer, Davis Wesley Tusingwire, who was seeking court orders declaring the exercise of the judicial duties in the Anti Corruption Division of the High Court by the Chief magistrate and Grade One are unconstitutional.
Tusingwire argued that the creation of a magistrate court to be part of the High Court, Anti Corruption Division, is in contravention of Articles 2 ,79,126, 138 and 257 of the constitution.