Katureebe flies to South Africa for surgery

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The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has flown to South Africa for cataract surgery.

Sources in the judiciary indicate that Katureebe left the country on Monday at around 2:30pm aboard an Emirates flight.

He was accompanied by his wife Bernadette Katureebe and personal assistant, Aloysius Natwijuka who will be attending to him after the surgery. The procedure involves the removal of the eye lens and replacing it with an artificial one.

According to mayoclinic.org, a cataract causes the lens to become cloudy eventually affecting one’s vision. Katureebe is expected back in Uganda on May 17 if the eye operation goes well.

This is the second surgery the chief justice in undergoing within a space of less one two months. In March, Katureebe spent three weeks in South Africa for another operation on his left arm.

Sources say Katureebe was operated following severe pain on his shoulders and back. During the launch of video conferencing facilities at Buganda Road court on April 15, Katureebe delegated a junior officer to read his speech citing eyesight complications.

He couldn’t also read his judgment in the Supreme court on the consolidated age limit appeal challenging the Constitutional ruling on the lifting of the presidential age limits in 2017. Katureebe told court that he had health issues mostly to do with his eyes.  He later delegated Justice Eldard Mwangusya to read his judgment, which led to the dismissal of the appeals.

Mabirizi has since vowed to petition the Supreme court seeking a review of Katureebe’s judgment on grounds that a judgment delivered by a ‘blind person’ is null and void.

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