The first hearing of a case in which Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the King of Tooro was sued, has failed to take off at Fort Portal High Court.
Last month, King Oyo was sued by George Kusemerewa, a member of the Kingdom clan council for illegally suspending the Kingdom constitution and appointing Steven Kaliba, the Kingdom Premier.
The case was supposed to be heard by the Resident Judge, Justice Mike Chibita.
However this morning the King Oyo’s lawyer Edgar Tabaro in the presence of Kingdom officials arrived at the High Court and waited for the judge for more than 30 minutes.
They were later led by court clerks to the chambers of the Fort Portal Grade One Magistrate, Joy Namboze.
However Kusemerewa and his lawyers didn’t turn up at the court.
Namboze told the King’s lawyer that the case will not be heard because the Judge was away. She didn’t give reasons for the Judge’s absence. The case was then adjourned to June 17th.
Several members of the public turned up at the court expecting to hear the case. The court room where the case was supposed to be heard from was packed.
David Baguma, a resident of Fort Portal, says that it’s an embarrassment to the kingdom for subjects to sue their King. Baguma wants the case be settled out of court and the King addresses the concerns raised by his subjects.
Several Kingdom officials led by the regents, Rev. Richard Baguma and Epafura Mugasa were also present at the court. The King’s security team was also seen around the court premises.