The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has begun an investigation into the conduct of Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo in handling the 2021 election petition by the National Unity Platform (NUP’s) Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu better known as Bobi Wine.
The investigation arises from this city lawyer, Male Mabirizi’s process seeking to remove Dollo from office for purported misconduct and incompetence exhibited while handling the petition. Mr Mabiri started the process early week to the JSC – the body mandated to recruit judicial officers and regulate their conduct.
In response, through his March 11, 2021 letter, the JSC Permanent Secretary, Julius Mwebembezi, said the Commission has kicked off investigations into Mr Mabirizi’s allegations.
“We acknowledge receipt of your complaint against the above mentioned judicial officer. The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to inform you that investigations have commenced and we will revert to you on the way forward as soon as investigations are completed.
In his petition, Mr Mabirizi told the JSC that Dollo conducted himself in a manner that exhibited misbehaviour and incompetence when he refused to heed to a request to recuse himself from the Kyagulanyi petition despite being a former advocate for President Museveni who is a respondent in the petition.
“Even when I wrote to him on the 12th for his recusal, he again presided over another application before determining the recusal application. On February 23, 2021, he dismissed the recusal application without any reason,” Mr Mabirizi says in his petition.
The lawyer ays that whereas he filed an application seeking to stay all proceedings in the election petition by Kyagulanyi, the Chief Justice never shared the same with his fellow justices on the panel.
“He refused to fix it, yet later on the same day, he fixed that for withdrawal of the petition which was heard and granted on March,5, 2021 in pendency of my stay application.”
“Owiny Dollo is a time bomb to Uganda because he has turned Supreme Court into a judicial deals house where justice is perverted through fraudulent and illogical actions and decisions thereby defeating Uganda People’s interests and aspirations.”