Mukono Municipality member of parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireeke has clarified why her name made it to Justice Kenneth Kakuru judgement.
She stated that her trouble was due to her stern statement criticizing the way Court proceedings in Mbale was carried out.
Shortly after testifying as a witness in Mbale Constitutional Court proceeding in April this year, Nambooze said Justice Owiny Dolo and Justice Kakuru were acting like defendants’ lawyers accusing them of acting as if they already have a formed opinion about the case and appear to be prejudged.
“AM not a lawyer but at least I can be a Court clerk for am a Paralegal or just an assessor. This is the first Court where I have seen judges laughing, arguing, teasing or even abusing Counsels. Justice must not only be done, but it should also appear to be done. I fear at times the Honorable Court threatens to degenerate into a market tribunal. Surely the judges are not listening. No, no. This is too much. They are so cynical especially the two Owinyi Dolo and Kakuru who have monopolized the hearings. They seem to have already formed opinions about the case and appear to be prejudged. With due respect Your Lordship Judge Kakuru, you can easily be mistaken for a defense lawyer” Nambooze wrote
Justice Kakuru while delivering his ruling on age limit case accused Betty Nambooze for being dishonest to court. His accusation was based on the fact that Nambooze told Court she refunded the 29 million shillings consultation money a claim the Clerk of parliament later denied.
Nambooze later told Court that she wrote a cheque effecting the refund of the money and parliament dully acknowledged receiving the said cheque.
Shortly after the ruling Nambooze said it is because of her comments that she was singled out by Justice Kakuru. She added that he allotted himself the power to determine whether constitutionally people should issue cheques as a legal tender.