City lawyer Male Mabirizi has been condemned to a shs300 million fine after losing a court case filed against him by the Attorney General.
The Attorney General last year dragged Mabirizi for contempt of court when
On grounds of making comments on social media after losing a case in which he challenged Capital MAarkets Authority’s decision to approve MTN Uganda’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), the Attorney General last year dragged Mabirizi for contempt of court.
“Before the determination of the case, Mabirizi used his Facebook account to argue the merits of the suit and suggesting that the trial judge should rule in his favor.” the Attorney General also told court.
It was said in the application that the lawyer’s comments were calculated to bring the then presiding Judge into contempt and to lower his judicial authority.
In a ruling delivered recently, Justice Musa Ssekaana reasoned with the Attorney General that Mabirizi had behaved in a manner which can only be described as contempt of court.
Ssekaana said the statements by Mabirizi tended to lower the authority of Justice Odoki and the High Court, by suggesting that a ruling was not valid or had no legal effect and that it should not be accorded any respect by the public.
The judge said court cannot continue to be in a ‘mute mode’ as the authority of court is under attack and it ought to do something to stop such behavior.
The judge consequently directed that Mabirizi be condemned to a shs300 million fine
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