Mabirizi sues Museveni over EC boss, LDUs & soldiers heading police

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Lawyer Male Mabirizi

Lawyer Male Mabirizi famous for endless lawsuits has opened two fresh ones against President Museveni and Uganda Electoral Commission [EC].

In his first suit filed Monday at High Court in Kampala, Mabirizi accuses Museveni of appointing military officers to head the Uganda Police Force.

The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, in his July 2, 2019 communication announced Brigadier Sam Bakasumba, the Chief of Joint Staff Uganda Police Force, Brigadier Godfrey Golooba, Director Human Resource Development and Training, Col. Sserunjogi Ddamulira, Director of Police Crime Intelligence, and Col. Jesse Kamunanwire, the Director in Charge of Human Resource and Administration.

According to Mabirizi, the President of Uganda neither has powers to appoint army officers into Uganda Police Force nor assign them police ranks.

Section 9 of the Police Act, mandates the Police Authority to advise the President on the appointment of the Inspector General of Police, the Deputy Inspector General of Police and recommend to the president appointments and promotions of police officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police.

In the same suit, Mabirizi also wants court to declare that the recruitment, training, deployment and maintenance of the Local Defence Unit (LDU) illegal.

He wants court to disband them.

In 2001, President Museveni appointed General, Edward Katumba Wamala, IGP until 2005. He was replaced by General Kale Kayihura who served until March 2018.

Then came former Director of Crime Intelligence, Col, Atwoki Ndahura was a military officer and now Major General, Sabiiti Muzeeyi, who is the Deputy IGP.

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In a separate suit, Mabirizi is also challenging the appointment of Justice Simon Byabakama as Electoral Commission chairperson.

Byabakama took over from Engineer Badru Kigundu who was dropped in 2016.

According to Mabirizi, Byabakama shouldn’t have taken the office without relinquishing his position as Court of Appeal Judge.

Mabirizi petitioned the High Court in Kampala to have EC chair, kicked out of office saying it was illegal for Byabakama to take up the position of the EC in the first place.

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