Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has denied siring a child with Justice Elizabeth Musoke and asked court to establish whether the petitioner, Mr Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi, is in the right mental condition to engage in litigation in the matter.
Mr Kiwanuka, one of three petitioners in the Age-limit case, on Wednesday made shocking revelations when he wrote to Justice Musoke, claiming that the lady justice is not in position to give a fair verdict because she has personal interests in the case. He claimed the judge has a child with Mr Rukutana, who is the lead counsel defending government in the petition.
However, in a strongly-worded statement to the court, Mr Rukutana described the allegations as false, malicious and defamatory.
“I write to categorically deny the allegation and state that it is false, malicious, unfounded and defamatory, as I have never sired any child with the learned judge or ever been in any relations with her at all,” his letter reads in part.
Mr Rukutana also asked court to establish if Mr Kiwanuka Mabirizi is of sound mind, adducing that on several occasions while in court, the petitioner has shown signs of instability. “It is my humble prayer that considering the conduct exhibited in court when we appeared on both occasions for conferencing and this unfounded and wild allegation, this honourable court establishes whether Male Kiwanuka Mabirizi is a fit, sound and proper person to engage in litigation by himself well before embarking on the hearing of the petition,” the Deputy Attorney General adds.
Justice Musoke was on Monday named to sit on a panel of five judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny –Dollo, who will hear the petition challenging the leagality of the removal of presidential age limit. The other judges to sit on the bench at the court in Mbale are Justice Remmy Kasule , Justice Kenneth Kakuru and Justice Cheborion Barishaki.
Mabirizi states in the letter that Justice Musoke also has two other children with the Minister in-charge of General duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hillary Onek who supported the Age-limit Bill in Parliament by voting YES.
He also contends that Justice Musoke is likely to be taking instructions from the two fathers of her children who are in very influential positions as regards to the age limit petition and, therefore, she cannot make an independent ruling.