Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Anti-gays law: Judge cries out

A Constitutional Court judge who was among the panel of five justices who annulled the anti-gays law has said they have received public backlash for having taken the decision.
Justice Solomy Bossa Balungi said despite receiving the backlash from the public, they had not responded to the same until Monday, when she hit back at those criticising them for having quashed the law, saying their decision is in “black and white” and that those aggrieved with it can appeal in a higher court instead of attacking them.
Justice Balungi was speaking during the Judicial Symposium at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya District organised by Judicial Studies Institute and International Governance Alliance on public interest litigation.
In August, a panel of five justices unanimously annulled the controversial anti-gays law for having been passed without the required quorum of one-third of all the members of Parliament. 
The other justices on the panel included acting deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma who led the panel, Justices Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya and Rubby Aweri Opio.
The two-day symposium that has attracted judges of the superior courts and a selected few from the High Court, will mainly focuss on how to effectively handle public interest cases. 
The judges will also share their different,