Rwakafuuzi Sues Gov't for Loss of Business

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Rwakafuuzi now wants court to compel government to pay him damages to atone for several violations of his rights to practice his legal profession, engage in free trade and business as enshrined in the Constitution and also for the inconvenience and embarrassment he suffered.

Human Rights Lawyer, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi has sued government through the Attorney General for loss of business. In his suit Rwakafuuzi claims that on November 16th, 2016 he had an appointment with Dr. Kiiza Besigye for consultations and further instructions but he was blocked by police from accessing his chambers.

 
According to Rwakafuuzi, no sooner had Besigye reached Uganda House where his chambers are located than police led by Geoffrey Kaheebwa blocked him from entering the parking area to access the chambers. Besigye attempted to access his lawyer's chambers shortly after appearing before High Court for the extension of his bail in his treason case. 



Police blocked Besigye from accessing Rwakafuuzi's chambers on grounds that he would disrupt business along the busy Kampala Road. To back his case, Rwakafuuzi has submitted still photographs showing police patrol vehicles blocking Besigye at Uganda House and several officers preventing him from proceeding to the chambers. 



Some of the photos show police towing Besigye's vehicle to Kira Road Police Station. Rwakafuuzi now wants court to compel government to pay him damages to atone for several violations of his rights to practice his legal profession, engage in free trade and business as enshrined in the Constitution and also for the inconvenience and embarrassment he suffered.

 

He also wants court to declare that the said actions of Uganda Police are unconstitutional. He also wants court to declare Kaheebwa, who led the operation to be declared as unfit to hold the office of a Regional Police Commander.

 
Court has summoned the Attorney General to file in his defense within 15 days of receipt of the summons. Failure to do so will result into court passing judgment in their absentia.