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Judiciary denies allegations of a secret meeting between CJ and the President

Justice Owiny-Dollo shakes hands with Museveni at State House (Courtesy Photo)

The Judiciary is in the eye of the storm after some Opposition politicians at the weekend accused some judges of conflict of interest after their alleged secret meeting with President Museveni.

Describing the reports as false, the Judiciary on Sunday said one of the two recent occasions its top leadership went to State House Entebbe was during the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Margaret Apiny, a newly-appointed judge of the High Court.

“It is a requirement of the law in Schedule to the Oath Act for such a judicial Oath to be taken before the president or any other person authorised by the president,” the Judiciary’s spokesman, Mr Jameson Karemani, said in a statement.

He said that Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo used the swearing in occasion to present the Judiciary’s Budget estimates for 2021/22 Financial Year to the President as required by the Administration of Judiciary Act, 2020.

Mr Museveni is one of the respondents in a case in which former presidential candidate, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is challenging his victory in the January 14 elections.

There were reports doing rounds Online that some Judiciary’s top leaders including judges who are hearing Bobi Wine’s election petition have been ‘secretly meeting’ President Museveni at State House, something critics say, amounts to a conflict of interest.

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