The standoff between Justice Esther Kisakye and her Colleagues at the Supreme Court is far from over.
Just hours after Kisakye doubled down on her on allegations that Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo confiscated her judgement in the Robert Kyagulanyi election, the Judiciary has come out dismissing these claims as falsehoods.
The Judiciary, through its spokesman Jamson Karemani also described the minority ruling which Kisakye read to journalists from a duplicate copy, as having no consequence.
“The purported delivery of the ruling by Justice Kisaakye to journalists is of no consequence. Whatever the true purpose for her strange conduct will not change how business is conducted in the Supreme Court,” he said.
According to the Judiciary, Justice Kisakye had set out to be antagonistic through the election petition.
He noted for instance that the lady justice decided to snub the court’s judgment reading on the petition filed by lawyer Hassan Mabirizi, who had asked Chief Justice Dollo to recuse herself from the petition.
Regarding Thursday’s incident, Karemani explained that Justice Kisakye had adamantly refused to share a copy of her judgement with her colleagues which is a rule of practice at court, claiming that it was incomplete.
“She told her colleagues that her ruling was only partly typed and partly in handwritten form. The Chief Justice then decided that they go to Court to deliver the rulings that were ready,” Karemani said.
“After the three justices’ rulings. the Chief Justice adjourned the Court for a 30-minute health break. The Court was to reconvene at 1:30pm for Justice Dr Kisaakye to read her dissenting ruling in the matter. During the health break. the Chief Justice and the other Justices waited for Justice Kisaakye to circulate her ruling. She, however, stayed in her chambers up to 2pm,” he said
“Upon her return to the boardroom, she told the Chief Justice and the other Justices that she would not circulate her ruling. Each of the Justices then told her that they would not go back to Court unless they have read her ruling. She, however, stormed out of the boardroom.”
“The Chief Justice then directed the Registry to collect all the Judges files from the Court (tent) and bring them back to the court building since they were not returning to court. He also summoned the Attorney General to his Chambers with all the lawyers representing all the parties to brief them that one of the rulings was not ready and that the Court would reconvene on another date next week.”
“Unknown to the Chief Justice and the other Justices. Justice Kisaakye had proceeded to the Courtroom alone and read her ruling in the presence of a few advocates for the petitioner and the media.
We wish to state that at no time did the Chief Justice even try to gag Lady Justice Kisaakye, vet her ruling or confiscate her file as she is reported to have claimed.”