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By Mulengera Reporters

Simon Peter Kinobe would ordinarily be the last person to disparage Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja because they are like-minded in a multiplicity of ways. They are both ultra Musevenists and hail from Bunyoro sub region and pay total allegiance to the Omukama of Bunyoro.

However, the crudeness with which the Premier Nabanja raided the Mengo Magistrate’s Court chambers on Monday and humiliated Magistrate Amon Mugezi (see full story has alienated Nabanja from many would-be allies including the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo who has since signaled his subordinates not to be cowed but prepare to assert themselves against such threats which pundits fear are only going to intensify as proponents of political populism (like Nabanja) will be riding on widespread public resentment towards judicial officers to endear themselves to the population.

Kinobe, a former Uganda Law Society President, was this Thursday a guest on Urban TV where the Mengo Magistrates Court chaos was discussed. The question was whether Nabanja’s acts amounted to the Amin era-like interference in the Judiciary work and Kinobe answered in the affirmative. He went on to assert that: “Court is not a place for politicians. Court is a place for judicial officers. For politicians, they also have their places like Parliament. Therefore for a politician to interfere in court affairs is an attack on the judiciary.”

He added that: “When you borrow my money and there’s an agreement you borrowed my money, you have to pay back. You can’t say you are poor and I should forgive you. That’s not how court operates.” This was in reference to Nabanja’s anomalous view and argument that the Magistrate ought to have been more considerate in his decision because Gertrude Nalule, in whose favor the Premier intervened, was a poor widow with 7 orphans who didn’t deserve to be sent to Luzira at the instigation of judgment creditor Godfrey Bazaale from whom she had borrowed Shs7m. The Magistrate allowed Bazaale to take the judgment debtor’s house in Namungona besides sentencing her to a 6 months jail term.

Kinobe was hosted with other big-name Kampala lawyers who included Sam Muyizi and Diana Angwech, the immediate former ULC Vice President. The duo equally castigated Nabanja asserting that she simply didn’t act properly. “What Nabbanja did sends out a picture to the public that every time you have issues or don’t agree with a court ruling, you can invoke a senior government official to intervene which is the wrong way to do things,” Angwech said.

They unanimously characterized the raid of the Magistrate’s chambers by the PM to be an attack on judiciary but Muyizi added it wasn’t entirely unprecedented. “What Nabbanja did is what the President has been doing over the years. She is simply following what her boss does,” submitted Counsel Samuel Muyizi who is also a lawyer for the opposition party DP. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at




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