Meanwhile, a panel of five Constitutional Court Judges has dismissed the petition in which four times presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye wanted a charge of preventive arrest repealed from the Police Act.
The Justices led by Fredrick Egonda -Ntende today dismissed the petition that has been in the Justice system for nine years after Besigye and his lawyers from A.F. Mpanga and Company Advocates failed to turn up in court for its hearing.
Dr. Besigye’s petition has also been dismissed after the Attorney General’s representative, State Attorney Charity Nabaasa told the Justices that government had not yet filed its response to the petition.
Nabaasa argued that the State Attorney familiar with the case had been placed under COVID -19 quarantine and as such, the Attorney General did not put in their response to the petition. However, Judiciary Public Relations Officer Jameson Karemani has clarified that Besigye can have the case reinstated if he or his lawyers are willing to show up for the hearing.
Besigye filed his petition on October 28 2011 through his lawyers of A.F Mpanga ten days after he had been arrested during the protests of Walk to Work and put under house arrest on what the police termed as preventive arrest. END