By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The latest news reaching our news desk indicates that city lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka has been sent to Kitalya prison for 18 months over contempt of court.
Mabirizi’s troubles follows a January 27th, 2022 ruling when Kampala High court judge justice Musa Sekaana ordered Mabirizi to pay a fine of shs300 millions for contempt of court following his posts on his social media platforms attacking the Civil Divisions Judge Philip Odoki.
Sekaana noted that the controversial lawyer has made it a hobby to attack the judicial institution by endlessly threatening the institution’s officials and the institution at large.
It has since been established that Mabirizi files his cases either for fame or blackmail prominent people especially politicians in the country on top of that lacking sufficient evidence to pin his victims.
This comes at at a time when he had filed more than 3 cases in which he wanted Makerere University Diploma in Music, dance and drama for NUP president Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine recalled, his driving permit cancelled which has today been trashed by the Law Development Centre Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Augustine Alule and discharged Bobi Wine on the above charges.
As if that was not enough, Mabirizi recently dragged city pastor Aloysius Bugingo to court accusing him of marrying a second wife when he is still legally married after he was introduced by his new lover Susan Makula.
Mabirizi later turned his guns to the the president also commander in chief Yoweri Kaguta Museven aka Tibuhaburwa requesting for his driving permit.
It’s also worth noting that earlier this month, Judiciary officials under their umbrella body Uganda Judicial Officer’s Association- (UJOA) condemned what they term as unbecoming utterances Hassan Male Mabirizi-Kiwanuka and his counterpart Isaac Ssemakadde aka legal rebel.
“UJOA has learnt of the unbecoming utterances attributed to Mr. Isaac Semakadde, an advocate through his Twitter handle @IsaacSemakadde directed towards some judicial officers. The same arose out is a decision that found Mr. Male Mabirizi in contempt of court and recommended sanctions as against him for such conduct,” reads part of the February 1, 2022 statement issued by the Association.
” Mr. Male made similar insults with his Twitter handle @MalemabiriziHKK on various dates. The Uganda Judicial Officers’ Association Condemns these statements.” the statement added
The statement signed by the Association president, Tadeo Asiimwe notes that the utterances came from lawyers who are aware of the established mechanisms for addressing dissatisfaction with court decisions further calling upon the Uganda law society to take disciplinary action against the ‘errant’ lawyers.
“We urge the Uganda Law Society and the Law Council to take necessary steps to tame this irreverent behaviour, which severely impacts on the Judicial Officers in the performance of their official duties,” Asiimwe’s letter concluded.
However, in his response, Mabirizi described the letter as an ‘unaddressed document’ and a cowardly influence of Civil Division High Court Judge, Ssekaana Musa, who is facing multiple disciplinary actions in the Judicial Service Commission.
“You ought not to have allowed your Association to be misused. Let Judge Ssekaana Musa carry his own cross till when he is removed from office,” Mabirizi said
Mabirizi further denied the allegation levelled against him describing it as defamatory, adding that it imputes criminal sanctions and lowers his self-esteem as the rule of law champion and the rule of law icon not only in Uganda but also the entire Great Lakes Region.
He further noted that he was surprised that UJOA was able to make such findings without giving him a fair hearing, which demonstrates the rot and hypocrisy in the judicial system.
“The purpose of this communication, therefore, is to require you to retract the defamatory statement and apologise to me and arrange to pay me general, aggravated and exemplary damages of Shillings 850 million within three days” he noted.