Justice Mutunga, Kasule Root for East Africa Appellate Court

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Justice Kasule says the Appellate Court would be an equivalent to the colonial East Africa Court, which created regional jurisprudence.

Kenya's former Chief Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga and the Uganda Court of Appeal Judge, Remmy Kasule has called for the establishment of the East Africa Community Appellate Court.

 
According to the two justices, the East Africa Community Appellate Court would adjudicate over matters affecting the member states.

 
Justice Kasule says the Appellate Court would be an equivalent to the colonial East Africa Court, which created regional jurisprudence.
 
 
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The idea came to the fore during the fourth African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) annual lecture under the theme "Media and Politics in Africa" held at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala.

 
The East Africa Court of Justice, created by the East Africa Community (EAC) treaty only has jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes arising from the interpretation and application of the EAC treaty and disputes between the EAC members and its employees arising from the terms and conditions of employment. 

 
Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, who was the main speaker, noted that the East Africa Community Appellate Court would be ideal in handling political matters and election petitions.

 
"You know, I have always thought that since election petitions are so destructive of national court this would be ideal in having judges from Tanzania and Kenya handling election petitions in Uganda and or judges from other countries handling petitions in Kenya," he said.

 
He said the regional appellate court would lessen political interference and corruption. 

 
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Dr. Mutunga refused to comment on Kenya's Supreme Court decision to annul the August presidential elections and the subsequent presidential election petition. 



He said some people would be angry with his comments due to the divisive nature of politics in Kenya.

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.