Cases on Rwanda and Kenya Next Week

Cases on Rwanda and Kenya/Uganda Next Week

Arusha, 21 October 2011: The East African Court of Justice (EACJ)- First Instance Division Arusha, on 26 and 27 October 2011, will hear cases on Uganda and Rwanda before the Deputy Principal Judge Hon. Lady Justice Mary Stella Arach Amoko, Hon. M. Justice John Mukwawa, Hon. Mr. Justice Isaack Lenaaola and Hon. Mr. Justice Jean Bosco Butasi in open Court sitting in Arusha, Tanzania.The two cases are;1. Reference No. 8 of 2010, Plaxeda Rugumba versus The Secretary General of East African Community (SG EAC) and The Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda.2. Application No. 8 of 2011 (Arising from Reference No.3 of 2011) The Attorney General of the Republic Kenya Versus The East African Law Society (EALS) and 2 Others.

The First case is a Reference filed on 8 November 2010, whose subject is the arrest and detention by the 2nd Respondents agents (Attorney General of Rwanda) without trial of Lieutanant Colonel Seveline Rugigana Ngabo, as being a breach of fundamental Principles of the Community, set out in the Treaty for the establishment of EAC, article 6 (d) and 7 (2), and failure by the 1st Respondent (Secretary General of the EAC) to investigate the failure of the Partner State (Rwanda) to fulfill the obligations of the Treaty and Submit its findings as required by Article 29 of the EAC Treaty.

The hearing is fixed for 26 October 2011 at 9:30 am

The 2nd case is an application for orders, that the Court be pleased to extend time to enable the 2nd Respondent (East African Law Society) in the Reference to file its Response out of time that the EALS reply to the Reference No.3 of 2011, be deemed as properly on record and that the costs and incidentals to the application abide the result of the case.

The Application for orders arising from Reference No. 3 of 2011 was filed on 31 May 2011, whose subject is the arrest and handing over by the Government of Kenya of a number of Kenyan Citizens to the Government of Uganda alleged to be complicit in planning and execution of Terrorist Bomb attacks in Kampala, without recourse to establish extradition procedures and the due process of law as stipulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya, Articles 2 (6),12 (1) (a),22(1),25 (c) and 29 and the extradition (Common Wealth Countries) Act of Kenya section 7,8,9 and 10, all read together with Articles 5 (f), 6(d) and 7 (2) of the Treaty for the establishment of EAC, and the African Charter on Human Rights, Articles 3,4,6 and 7. The hearing is scheduled on 27 October at 9:30am.


About the EACJ 
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or the Court), is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.

Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The High Courts of the Partner States serve as sub-registries. Click here for more information on EACJ.


For more information please contact:
Dr. John Ruhangisa

Ms. Geraldine Umugwaneza
Deputy Registrar

Owora Richard Othieno
Head of Department;Corporate Communications and Public Affairs;
EAC Secretariat
Tel: +255 784 835021;

East African Court of Justice
Arusha, Tanzania

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