6th July 2012
Before judge Eldad Muwangushya
The court case in which four members of the LGBTI community in Uganda sued the Attorney General and the minister for Ethics and Integrity, Hon. Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo for interrupting and closing a workshop in Entebbe, was adjourned until the 24th September 2012.
Frank Mugisha, Kasha Jacqueline, Geoffrey Ogwaro and Pepe Julian sued the Attorney General and the honorable minister for unlawfully interrupting a capacity building workshop which was into its third day, at the Imperial Resort Beach in Entebbe.
There was a recap of the events of the first hearing with the presentation of files to a fully packed court. An argument ensued on whether or not it was necessary for the lawyer to be present.
The state attorney requested for an adjournment saying that the respondents were not yet ready. The second respondent was out of the country and couldn’t be available for cross examination.
She also said that there was a number of files containing important information which they discussed wished to discuss further. These files she said would assist the court to look at the matter in context and unfortunately they weren’t able to do that between 2nd and 6th as requested. She therefore requested the court to adjourn to enable the respondents to file for other affidavits.
The plaintiff lawyers objected to the request for an adjournment saying that the defendants were given ample time to file these affidavits, quoting order rule 8 of the Civil Procedure Act that stipulates that they must have compiled these affidavits in 30 days after they had been served.
It was agreed that on 14th Feb., the second respondent, Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Hon. lokodo interrupted and closed down a workshop that was attended by several members of the general public and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community in Uganda as the workshop was proceeding at 11:00am on the 3rd day.
Some of the issues that were raised included
- Whether the applicants by organizing the conference was illegal and un lawfully
- Whether then respondents infringed on the rights of the applicants when they closed the workshop
- Whether the suit against the 2nd respondent is competent before court
- The remedies in other words the costs.
Court adjourned till 24th September since court closes for vacation next week Friday. The judge demanded that the defense should present the second respondent fro cross examination.