By Ivan Mwine
Popular city lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka has put the management of MTN Uganda under a tight noose following the case he filed in the High Court challenging the Initial Public Offer (IPO) that they announced recently.
Although Mabirizi filed the case at the High Court, new developments indicate that the Judiciary has found the matter literally too hot to handle and there far decided to refer it to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Lady Judge Jane Francis Abodo, through the Nakawa Resident State Attorney.
It should be noted that in the matter Mabirizi filed in court, he seeks a Judicial Review of the manner in which the Capital Markets Authority (CPA) listed MTN Uganda on Uganda’s Stock Market Exchange, hence challenging the company’s capacity and eligibility to sell shares to the public.
Although the High Court Registrar had scheduled hearing of the matter for November 9th, 2021, latest developments indicate that the Judiciary has since chickened out of the matter and sought the help of the DPP’s office.
A letter seen by Exposed Uganda, written by the Dr. Singiza K.Douglas, the Chief Magistrate of Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court, to the Resident State Attorney of Nakawa, reads in part thus;
“Criminal Case No. 347 Uganda Vs MTN Uganda
Reference is made to the above;
The case is before this Honourable Court pending signing of criminal summons against MTN Uganda Limited. I would like to know if you may consider taking over the compliant/private prosecution.”
This has however left lawyer Mabirizi and his colleague Isaac Ssemakade wondering about the Independence of the Judiciary and whether the matter will be heard in court or not.
However, by press time the office of the DPP, particularly the Nakawa Resident State Officer, had not yet responded to Chief Magistrate Singiza’s request.
Watch this space for updates about this saga of MTN Uganda bid to sell shares to Ugandans.