By our reporter
The lawyer Male Mabiriizi has today petitioned the constitutional court to stop the mandate of the military court from trying the incarcerated Kyadondo east Mp Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu from the General court martial.
The outspoken lawyer, Male Mabiriizi Kiwanuka has today filed the humble petition in the constitution court of Uganda to challenge the jurisdiction of the general court martial over civilians. He contends that section 119(1)(h) of the UPDF Act, 2005 which subjects civilians to military law by possession of firearm was illegally passed by parliament claiming the act was meant to only regulate discipline of members of UPDF. He now wants court to declare the section null and void.
Mabiriizi argues that since civil
courts have jurisdictions to try cases of illegal possession of fire arms through the fire arms act, its illegal to force civilians into military courts.
He petitions at a time when the kyadondo East lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu is battling charges in the general court martial on accusations of illegally possessing guns which Mabiriizi is opposed to. He noted that if the constitutional court don’t tamper with mandate of the military courts on civilians, opposition politicians will continue to be framed by the regime by planting guns in their residences.
He also challenge the establishment of the general court, which he claims is a biased court which can’t serve justice, since members know f this court are only accountable to the president not Ugandans.
Mabiriizi seeks the constitutional Court to stop the trial of Bobi wine in the general court martial were he is supposed to return on 23 August for mention of his Case.