By Juma Nsubuga
The East African Court of Justice will on 13 February 2013 deliver its ruling in a case by the East African Law Society (EALS) accusing the Uganda Government of offending human rights under Uganda’s Constitution and the EAC Treaty by suppressing in 2011 protests dubbed ‘Walk to Work.
The subject matter of the case is the actions of the agents of the Government of Uganda on various groups of Ugandan citizens who decided to walk to work in protest against the high cost of fuel, transport and living.
The Attorney General of Uganda and the Secretary General of the East African Community are the respondents in the case filed by the regional bar association.
Before Court today, the Attorney General of the Republic of Uganda represented by Principal State Attorney Mr. Phillip Mwaka, asked Court to dismiss the application with costs on grounds that, the evidence which has already been produced before the Court was sufficient and it was enough to prove any grounds raise in the reference. This was in response to EALS’ request to the EACJ First Instance Division to allow it to file additional video recorded evidence on the walk to work case.
The Application was heard by Judges Hon. Mr. Justice Johnston Busingye, Principal Judge, Hon. Mr. Justice John Mkwawa, and Hon. Mr. Justice Isaac Lenaola.