Justice Ssekaana’s Nemesis Ssemakade Charged With Offensive Communication, Criminal Libel

Justice Ssekaana’s Nemesis Ssemakade Charged With Offensive Communication, Criminal Libel

By Ivan Mwine

City rebel lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, who is High Court Justice Musa Ssekaana’s nemesis, could end up in Kitalya Mini-Max prison like his colleague Male Mabirizi.

This comes after the police decided to slap charges of Offensive Communication and Criminal Libel on him after he appeared at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) on Monday.

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Justice Musa Ssekaana

According to the charge sheet labeled Criminal Miscellaneous Application No. 21 of 2022  seen by this reporter, Ssemakadde faces three counts which include; Offensive Communication contrary of Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, 2011, Criminal Libel contrary to Section 179 and 180 of the Penal Code Act Cap  120 Laws of Uganda, Offenses prejudicial to judicial proceedings contrary to Section 107 (1) (d) & (i) of the Penal Code Act.

Lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde was released on bond

According to the criminal summons issued against Ssemakadde was directed to appear at Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court on March 4th, 2022 to face the charges.

The charges result from utterances that Ssemakadde allegedly made against High Court Justice Musa Ssekaana on his social media platforms, which have since been construed by the police as offensive communication.  

After reading the charges to him the police detectives released Ssemakadde on bond until March 03, 2022.

The Charge Sheet indicating the offenses against Ssemakadde

It should be noted that Sekana is the judge to sentenced lawyer Mabirizi to 18 months in jail and fined him Shs300M after convicting him for contempt of court.

Last week Mabirizi, whose lawyer is Ssemakadde, appeared in the  court of appeal for hearing of his appeal against Ssekaana’s sentence.

Letter Isaac Ssemakadde wrote to Justice Musa Ssekaana about the matter at hand

However, although the Shs300m fine was dropped, Mabirizi’s jail sentence was upheld after court ruled that he had appealed against the fine, not the jail term.

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