Judge Orders Court Staff To Produce Missing File

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There was drama at Jinja high court on Thursday evening after it emerged that the file containing the election petition for Buikwe District woman parliamentary election was missing.

There was drama at Jinja high court on Thursday evening after it emerged that the file containing the election petition for Buikwe District woman parliamentary election was missing.

Jinja resident judge, Justice Flavia Anglina Ssenoga however refused to leave the court room until the file was produced.
It was indeed produced after about 30 minutes after the judge insisted she would not leave the room without hearing the case for which the court had convened.

Justice Ssenoga said that court officials will have to explain the anomalies for which the judiciary is sometimes blamed for frustrating the road to justice.

Opposition DP’s Christine Kasule Mugerwa in April this year petitioned the high court in Jinja challenging the election of Dorothy Mpiima as Buikwe Woman MP.

Kasule dragged both Mpiima and the electoral commission to court accusing them of connivance to commit electoral malpractices in the February 2011 parliamentary polls.

She accused the electoral commission of not following the electoral guidelines which resulted into vote rigging and that she did not receive declaration forms to show her votes from some polling stations.

In her petition Kasule also questions Mpiima’s academic qualification, saying she did not complete O’level.

But the petitioner constantly failed to show up in court until the judge dismissed the case saying it was hard to continue hearing the case without the complainant.

On 13th June, Lady Justice Monica Mugenyi squashed and dismissed the petition after the applicant failed to report to court thrice.

But through her lawyer Francis Katabalwa of Katabalwa and company advocates, Kasule resumed her call in October asking the court to reinstate and hear the case.

She presented medical forms and other documents to prove to court that she had been admitted till the judge was convinced to reinstate the case.