Appellate Division Rules on Walk to Work Case.

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East African Court of Justice Arusha, 16 January 2015: The Appellate Division on 16 January 2014, resumed business by delivering a judgment of an appeal by the Government of the Republic of Uganda against the East African Law Society (EALS) and the Secretary General of the East African Community, challenging the decision of the First Instance Division dated 13th February 2013 which allowed the EALS to file electronic evidence to support the matter on the Walk to Work case to adduce additional evidence in the form of documentation and in electronic form.The Appellate Division upheld the decision of the first Instance Division on grounds that The Appellant has failed to demonstrate that the Learned trial Judges misdirected themselves in granting leave to the 1st Respondent to adduce the new evidence. “We find that the trial Judges did act within their discretion and in accordance with the Law and the established principles and standards governing the exercise of judicial discretion”, said the Appellate Division.The Court further stated that no prejudice will be occasioned to the Appellant from the admission of the new evidence in as much as a reasonable opportunity will be provided to him to respond to and to rebut the new evidence.The Appeal was dismissed and the matter is remitted to the First Instance Division for determination of the Reference on the merits.The subject matter of the case is the alleged actions of the agents of the Government of Uganda on various groups of Ugandan Citizens who decided to walk to work in protest against the high cost of fuel, transport and living. The EALS asserts that the action by the Ugandan Government offended the peoples’ human rights under Uganda’s Constitution and the EAC Treaty.About the EACJThe 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.