The Court of Appeal has kicked off the first steps in hearing 97 election petition appeals filed by litigants dissatisfied with decisions of lower courts.
This first step is called conferencing where lawyers of both parties agree on issues to be determined by court before the case file is forwarded to a panel of three justices for hearing.
Among the petitions handled on day one of conferencing Monday is an appeal filed by the National Council of Higher Education challenging the decision of High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe to invalidate an A’ level certificate of equivalence issued to the Busiro South MP Peter Ssematimba.
The said invalidation was a basis on which Justice Mugambe on June 10, 2016 based her decision to nullify the election of Ssematimba and ordered for fresh elections to be conducted.
Conferencing of another appeal which was filed by MP Ssematimba against his opponet DP’s Stephen Ssekigozi in order to retain his seat in parliament, didn’t proceed because his lawyer didn’t file any issues with court.
This prompted the court’s deputy registrar Deo Nzeyimana who presided over this conferencing session to adjourn this particular Ssematimba case to November 4, 2016.