EAC court dismisses walk-to-work case

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Ugandan riot policemen beat a supporter of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change in Kampala during the riots

The East African Court of Justice has dismissed the walk-to-work case due to lack of sufficient evidence of the alleged acts against the Republic of Uganda and the EAC Secretary General.

Court said that the Applicant did not produce evidence to show which people were killed, not death certificates, which people were injured, no medical reports, that therefore such information was lacking to find that the government of Uganda committed the acts as alleged nor were there violation of the EAC Treaty or Laws of Uganda under its Constitution hence that the Applicant’s case was weak.

Court ordered each party to bare its own costs because EALS filed the case in the wider interest of the Rule of Law of the Community.

Court however said that had it found sufficient evidence that these events occurred, had the Applicant brought credible, authentic and reliable evidence, court would have found against the Government of Uganda to have violated the Treaty.

The Judgment was read by Hon Justice Isaac Lenaola, Deputy Principal Judge and  Counsels present in Court to receive the Judgment  were Phillip Mwaka (Principal State Attorney), Charity Nabaasa (Senior State Attorney) & Goretti Arinaitwe (State Attorney) all representing the AG Uganda & Mr William Arnest, Advocate for the Applicant (EALS) with Michel Ndayikengurukiye (Principal Legal Officer) representing the Secretary General.

The case was filed by the East African Law Society Vs the Republic of Uganda & the Secretary General of the East African Community 2nd Respondent) over the alleged violent disruption of peaceful demonstrations in Uganda on 1st April 2011, as being in contravention of human rights and therefore violating the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community in particular Articles 3, 4, 6(a), 7(2), 9, 10 and 11.

That the 2nd Respondent (Secretary General) was aware of the said acts but did not take appropriate action under Article 29(1) and 71(1) (d) of the Treaty.

Walk-to-work riots were launched by opposition figure Kizza Besigye to protest rising prices of commodities in the country following the 2011 elections.

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