Justice Kavuma orders Parliament to pay judge Shs 50 million

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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The Constitutional court, led by former deputy chief justice, Justice Steven Kavuma today ordered Parliament to pay Shs 50 million to Justice Joseph Murangira for injuring his reputation.

The matter stems from 2012 when Murangira declined to appear before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC)to explain a ruling in which he offered a company $1.6 million as damages.

On September,5, 2009, Justice Murangira entertained a consent judgement entered between a private company Beach Side Development Services and National Forestry Authority where he awarded Beach side damages of  $1.6 million following breach of contract by NFA.

Murangira declined to appear before the committee which went ahead to author a report in 2013, casting doubt on his integrity.

On Monday, five justices led by Kavuma ruled that the stand that Murangira took not to appear before PAC was right since he was going to be subjected to proceedings that were unconstitutional.

They noted that PAC’s purported observations and recommendations that sought to question how a judicial officer arrived at his decision (to award the money) was an attempt to control, direct and interfere with the independence of a judicial officer in exercise of his judicial function.

The panel of judges found out that Justice Murangira had to be paid damages of Shs 50 million for the negative publicity based on an unconstitutional parliamentary process that caused him inconvenience, anguish and injury.

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