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High Court registrar defends Lukwago interim injunction

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By Anthony Wesaka

Posted  Wednesday, December 18  2013 at  00:00

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Mr Wanida says the order that was issued had no errors as claimed by the Justice ministry.

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High Court assistant Registrar Fred Waninda has defended the November 25 interim injunction that he issued to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, saying it has no errors as alleged.

The injunction was to block Mr Lukwago’s controversial impeachment.

Mr Waninda is currently on the spot over allegations of having erroneously issued an interim order that the government through the Justice ministry, says had errors and omissions.

The alleged errors and omissions were raised by Mr Cheborion Barishaki, the Director Civil Litigation.

Mr Barishaki was acting on behalf of the Solicitor General, Mr Francis Atoke. Mr Barishaki among others claims that the Attorney General was not served with the interim injunction and that he had no idea about the proceedings that went on before Mr Waninda.

He claimed that Mr Martin Mwambutsya, the Attorney General’s representative, only came to court to attend the proceedings before Justice Yasin Nyanzi at 9:30am.

He further states that during the hearing process before Judge Nyanzi, it’s the judge who asked Mr Abdu Katuntu, one of Mr Lukwago’s lawyers to serve the interim injunction to Mr Mwambutsya and that court was the witness to the serving of the same interim order.

But in his December 11 letter, a copy of which this newspaper has seen, Mr Waninda states that Mr Mwambutsya was present in court for the hearing of the interim injunction from 8:45am to 8:58am and that he was also served with the same injunction in court.

The reaction by Mr Waninda, is the latest in a series of accusations and counter accusations surrounding the impeachment of Mr Lukwago.

awesaka@ug.nationmedia.com