Rukutana denies siring a child with judge

JAFAR MUGERA

Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has denied having sired any children with Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke of the Constitutional Court.

Justice Musoke is part of the coram of five justices of the Constitutional Court that are going to hear a petition challenging last year’s amendment of the Constitution.

In a letter to the deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo who is also the head of the Constitutional Court, Rukutana described as false, malicious and defamatory, the statements by Kampala lawyer Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi claiming that Musoke is a mother to one of Rukutana’s children.

Mabirizi’s allegations were contained in a petition to Musoke, urging her to recuse herself from the case since she is a mother to Rukutana’s child and two others for the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hilary Onek.

Being that Onek voted yes for the Constitutional amendment while Rukutana in addition to voting yes, will be government’s lead counsel in the hearing, Mabirizi raised doubts on her impartiality in the case.

Rukutana said, Mabirizi’s allegations are only intended to discredit the court.

“I write to categorically deny the allegations and state that it is false, malicious, unfounded and defamatory as I have never sired a child with the Learned Judge or been in any relation with her at all,” Rukutana’s letter partly reads.

He however stated that he was not bothered by Mabirizi’s allegations.
“While I am personally not bothered by the wild allegations, I am empathetic to the Learned Judge and disposition of the Honourable court,” Rukutana stated.

He also indicated that he was not planning to take up the matter in courts of law but asked the Constitutional Court to establish whether Mabirizi is a fit, sound and proper person to engage in a litigation process.

Mabirizi is one the petitioners in the consolidated Constitutional petition challenging the removal of presidential age limits as well as the extension of the term of office for elected leaders from five to seven years.