Chief Justice to Testify against Quack Lawyers

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Court records indicate that the quack lawyers; Bob Joseph Nabassa and Martin Matovu stand charged with obtaining money by false presence. The case is registered at Buganda Road Court.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe will on January 15, appear before Buganda Road Court to testify against two quack lawyers who have allegedly been extorting money in his name.

This is the first time in the history of the judiciary since independence that a sitting Chief Justice appears in the court dock to testify against a suspect.

Court records indicate that the quack lawyers; Bob Joseph Nabassa and Martin Matovu stand charged with obtaining money by false presence. The case is registered at Buganda Road Court.

Sources at the court indicate that the Chief Justice, whose aggressiveness has been notable in the fight against corruption since assuming office about a year ago, is eager to testify against the suspects.

The Chief Justice first announced the development at a media breakfast meeting to commemorate the Anti-Corruption Week about a month ago. He said the quack lawyers were conning a foreign businessman who had a case before the High Court.

Justice Katureebe said the two, who do not possess a post graduate diploma from LDC, were intimidating the businessman claiming that his case had gone up to the Chief Justice whom they said ‘eats big' and that he wants USD 155,000 (about 522 million Shillings) to get off the hook.

Katureebe added that the quack lawyers had further threatened the businessman that the Chief Justice had written a letter to have him deported if he failed to raise the money in question. Details of the businessman and the ongoing case are still scanty.

Preliminary investigations showed that the quack lawyers had a syndicate with other con-men and their network had netted a number of magistrates and judges.