By Elizabeth Ankunda
15th Sept 2023
The Attorney General has rejected the temporary injunction application asked for by the former Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), David Livingstone Ebiru, seeking to halt his trial on bribery charges.
During the last court session, Ebiru through his legal team requested court to grant him a temporary injunction application against the IGG and her agents from instituting charges against him and an order for compensation against the government for violating his fundamental rights.
While it is alleged that Ebiru admitted to bribing the UNBS board with 100 million shillings to evade suspension, he contends that he made these statements out of anger and has never actually bribed anyone.
Ebiru also claims that there is a pending warrant of arrest in the anti-corruption court, and there is an imminent threat of its enforcement, rendering his application useless.
In the main substantive case, Ebiru seeks to have the criminal summons, warrant of arrest, and trial declared illegal.
On Friday, the two parties appeared before Judge Jane Okuo Kajuga at the Anti- corruption court for the hearing of injunction where the Anthony General raised preliminary objections to the application for lack of territorial and material jurisdiction.
The Judge set 19th of September to deliver her ruling on the said case.
The prosecution alleges that between October and December 2022, Ebiru offered a gratification of 100 million Shillings to Charles Masekuura, the Chairperson of the UNBS board, in an attempt to secure his position as the Executive Director of UNBS.
On August 8, 2023, the Chief Magistrates Court issued a warrant of arrest against Ebiru, However, efforts to arrest him have been unsuccessful, leading him to file a case against the Attorney General, challenging the criminal trial.