A cross section of opposition Members of Parliament have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the President of the Uganda Law Society Ruth Ssebatindira over Attorney General Peter Nyombi’s alleged attack on Judge Yasin Nyanzi.
There have been reports in the media indicating that Nyombi wants to Nyanzi-the judge that issued an injunction against the impeachment of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to disqualify himself from handling the matter any further saying he is biased.
But the MPs argue that they are alarmed by the persistent attacks on the judiciary by agents of the state led by the government’s legal advisor who they say gives more political advice than legal.
The Petitioners include Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Rubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi, Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi and Luweero woman MP Brenda Nabukenya.
They say that the attack has far reaching consequences since it confirms public fears that the judges nominated by the Judicial Service Commission are partisan. Nyombi is a member of the commission
The Members say they are moving under rule 28 sub section 4 of the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure which requires that the petition can be presented without any specified number of signatures supporting the petition.
The Petitioners want the law society to invoke it’s rules and suspend indefinitely the Attorney General Peter Nyombi for undermining and persistently harassing Justice Yasin Nyanzi.
They also want parliament to constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate the conduct of Peter Nyombi and to withdraw its confidence in him if found culpable.
They add that the Legislature is aware of scenes that ensued at KCCA on November 25th 2013 when a Court Order was disobeyed as well as the misleading Legal opinion on the appointment of a chief justice that has left the Country without a substantive Chief Justice.