By Ruth Andrew
Outgoing Attorney General William Byaruhanga was dragged to the High Court by his lawyer, Hassan Male Mabirizi, to defend the appointment of new ministers. Mabirizi is offended by President Museveni’s alleged illegal act of appointing surplus ministers without a parliamentary resolution.
Mabirizi is now seeking a court order barring the 80 ministerial nominees from appearing before the parliamentary voting committee for approval and subsequent oath.
According to Mabirizi, the president’s cabinet announcement Tuesday was illegal and illegal because, in the absence of a parliamentary resolution empowering him to expand his cabinet, the president has a mandate to appoint only 21 ministers and their deputies.
Mabirizi also seeks to overturn the court’s president’s circular that contains guidelines for suspending court hearings, saying it has no basis in law.
Mabirizi in his other application before the Superior Court questions why the president of the court, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, issued that circular to shut down the court’s activities for 42 days, but the Covid -19 presidential guidelines announced on Sunday of last week did not are contained in any legal instrument to apply.
The offended attorney therefore wants the bailiffs to disregard the presiding officer’s directive and resume normal court hearings.