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KAMPALA: Lawyer Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi says the ruling made by Justice Musa Ssekaana that he should pay a fine of ugx300M is null and void.

Yesterday, Mabirizi was slapped to pay a fine of ugx300M for contemptuous comments on his Twitter handle @MaleMabiriziHKK and his Facebook page Uganda People’s Interests in respect to the court proceedings and rulings, and the person of the trial judge-Hon Justice Phillip Odoki.

“The Court cannot continue to be in a mute mode as the authority of court is under attack. Such attacks on the judicial officers should be condemned in the strongest terms since they become endangered species by social media and usually cannot defend themselves against such attacks,”Justice Musa Sekaana said before granting a declaratory order that Mabirizi’s statements and posts on social media were in contempt of Court.

Mabirizi however says that since its his right to fair hearing that has been derogated, he will not delve into his reasoning leading to a Ugx. 300,000,000 fine. ”I have filed an Application to set aside the ruling and orders, I have filed a Notice of Appeal and I am taking steps to challenge it in East African Court of Justice,” he notes.

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