26 February 2013

East Africa: Uganda Moves Case to EA Court

Arusha — Uganda is to appeal against a ruling by the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) that allowed the East African Law Society (EALS) to present further evidence in the walk to work case.

The first instance of the regional court granted leave to the law society to file additional evidence in the case that would be in documentary and electronic formats.

EACJ Registrar Dr. John Ruhangisa said there was no credible reason to deny the law society the opportunity in view of Rule 46 (1) of the EACJ Rules of Procedure which is meant to ensure that no evidence is shut out even after the pleadings have closed and to enable the Court to exercise its discretion as necessary.

Further, the Court said, being a Court of First Instance, it would be best to allow parties tender all evidence to enable it make a fair and informed decision.

The case is the alleged actions of the agents of the Government of Uganda on various groups of Ugandan citizens who decided to walk to work in protest against the high cost of fuel, transport and living.

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