Court of Appeal Extends Services to Kigezi, Set to Hear 33 Criminal Appeal Cases

KABALE – The court of Appeal sitting at Kabale High court in Kabale District is hearing 33 criminal appeal cases as the Court of Appeal extends its services to the Kigezi region for the first time.

This significant development in the legal landscape was marked yesterday by a special session presided over by Richard Buteera, Uganda’s Deputy Chief Justice, on Monday.

Among the 33 cases, 17 pertain to murder, 3 to robbery, 11 to defilement, 1 to rape, and 1 to manslaughter. The special sessions will be overseen by Justice Muzamiru Kibwedi, Justice Christopher Gashirabake, and Justice Oscar Kihika.

During the opening ceremony at Kabale High Court premises in Kikungiri, Kabale district, Buteera disclosed that submissions from both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ lawyers have already been filed. This measure aims to streamline the judicial process, saving the judges’ time in analyzing cases and delivering rulings. Buteera underscored the importance of prioritizing Arbitration and Conciliation, advocating for the appointment of a mediator to facilitate reconciliation between parties. This, he believes, will alleviate the burden of case backlog and reduce the time spent in court as parties seek justice.

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Julius Kisembo, the officer in charge of Ndorwa government prison, revealed that among the inmates set to appear before the Court of Appeal are condemned prisoners. Though the initial count was 36 cases, two accused individuals were released after serving sentences, and another passed away in 2017. Kisembo assured cooperation between the prison department and the Judiciary for the seamless running of the appeal session.


Superintendent of Police Yiga Gonzaga, Officer in Charge of the Criminal Department for the Kigezi region, and Lawyer Justus Muhangi, the Chairperson for Advocates in the Kigezi region, highlighted the challenges faced due to the absence of a Court of Appeal in Kigezi. They explained that many cases ended up at the High Court because plaintiffs found it challenging to travel to Kampala. Muhangi shared that he had to abandon some cases for his clients before the Court of Appeal due to the considerable distance between Kigezi and Kampala.

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