By: ANTHONY WESAKA
KAMPALA: The Constitutional Court last evening cautioned junior minister for Education and Sports Charles Bakkabulindi after he was found guilty of disobeying court orders.
The minister was also ordered to pay unspecified costs to Uganda Super League Ltd, who are the complainants in this matter.
In his ruling, the judge held that the minister was fully aware of the court’s order as he was advised against supporting Fufa elections that were eventually held on August 31, 2013; but he ignored the same.
Subsequently, the court presided over by a single justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, also warned the minister that any further disobedience of the court orders will earn him a tougher punishment.
However, court did not find Fufa president Moses Magogo, Attorney General, among other respondents, guilty of contempt of court orders before ordering Uganda Super League Ltd, to pay the aforementioned’s costs.
“Except for this one incident, the Ministry of Education and Sports has not generally gone against the court’s orders, I hereby caution the second respondent (Minister Bakkabulindi) and remind him of the importance of observing court orders,” ruled Justice Kiryabwire.
He added: “As the head constitutional petition is yet to be disposed of, any further non compliance will lead to enhanced sanctions which are not desirable.”
“Given my findings, I award costs to the applicants only in respect of the 2nd respondent and half in respect to the 1st respondent. The 3,5,6 and 7th respondents have successfully defended this application and I award them costs too.”
The judge also ordered the registrar of the court to quickly fix the main petition before the full panel of justices to hear it. Date for hearing the main petition is yet to be set.
Uganda Super League lawyer Mulema Mukasa said: “I am happy that the Judiciary has put much to research about the big problem in Ugandan sports especially soccer and the concerns mainly perpetuated by minister Bakkabulidi who has been the cause of all these problems.”
Source: Daily Monitor